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Voters to decide sales tax for flooding

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by Bryan Goettel

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - The Cedar Rapids City Council and Linn County Board of Supervisors had to move fast to get the local-option sales tax on the ballot by March 3rd.

Now, the rush is on for both supporters and opponents of the tax in the final hours before the polls close.

Both sides are making their final push to get voters out to the polls for Linn County's local-option sales tax.

"It's been cold," said Katie Stack, a volunteer with "Vote Yes for Our Neighbors."

Stack has been going door-to-door, encouraging voters to support the one percent increase.

"You kind of have to keep it fresh in people's minds," said Stack. "It's not a general election. It's a special election so it's not a time people are typically used to going out and voting."

The Mount Mercy junior has been out all week and says she'll be at it again between classes on election day.

Meanwhile, Tim Pugh has been piling up the cell phone minutes.

"We have a robo dialer going and we also have people actually manning some phones at their homes," said Pugh.

Pugh founded the Cedar Rapids Tea Party, a group opposing the tax. He's been making hundreds of calls all week.

"It could be very critical," said Pugh. "It could be the difference between a vote, a yes vote or a no vote."

Different methods from different sides. But each is feeling equally confident about Tuesday's outcome.

"I think it'll pass," said Stack. "I think the people that are supportive of it are very passionately supportive of it. I think friends and neighbors of those who support it will go out and vote."

"I think it's gonna be a pretty close vote, but I'm pretty confident most people will vote no for this," said Pugh.

Even though they won't be going to the polls, many voters in Johnson county will be paying close attention to the results.

The same tax will be on the ballot there on May 5th.

Polls are open Tuesday in Linn County from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel 

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