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Is third time a charm for city gas tax?

Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 10:33 am

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In the April 8 general election Elsberry voters approved a citywide one-cent fuel tax that had been proposed as a way to create revenue for the maintenance and repair of the city’s streets.

However, the ballot measure passed by a simple majority only, and failed to meet the two-thirds or 66 percent requirement that would have made it official.

This was the second time that the tax had been placed before the voters.

During its initial offering the proposal was flatly rejected by Elsberry voters and failed to pass by even a simple majority.

“I think one of the reasons it failed the first time was because people really didn’t understand the tax,” said Elsberry City Clerk Jo Ann Cordsiemon. “It’s not one percent, it’s one cent on every gallon and it would probably generate about $20-30,000 for the city of Elsberry to do street work.”

Heading into the April 8, 2014 election, Cordsiemon was hopeful that voters would be more receptive to the idea.

They were.
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