Proposed Moore sales tax has some residents concerned


EVAN: MOORE OFFICIALS ARE
PROPOSING A NEW SALES TAX FOR
WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS
LEAVING PEOPLE IN THE CITY
WORRIED ABOUT WHAT THAT MEANS
FOR THEM. BUT CITY REPS SAY IT’S A
ONE-EIGHTH CENT SALES TAX THAT
WOULD HAVE LITTLE EFFECT ON
THOSE WHO LIVE THERE. KOCO’S PORSHA RILEY JOINS US
WITH THOSE ANSWERS. PORSHA: MANY THINK THE INCREASE
WILL LEAD TO HIGHER WATER BILLS,
BUT COUNCIL MEMBERS SAY THAT
WON’T BE THE CASE.>>THIS IS REALLOCATION, NOT A
SALES TAX INCREASE. MEANING MOST OF THE MONEY FOR
THE PROJECT WILL BE BROUGHT IN
BY PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF THE CITY.>>IT GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY
TO LEVERAGE ALL THE GROWTH, THE
WARREN THEATER AND ALL THE
RESTAURANTS AND EVERYTHING;
EVERYONE WHO COMES AND UTILIZES
THOSE SERVICES, IT WILL HELP US TOWARDS BEING ABLE TO RAISE THE
MONEY TO DO THESE GOALS WE HAVE
OF REPLACING SOME OLD WATER
LINES. PORSHA: ANOTHER GOAL, ADDRESSING
THE CITY’S DRAINAGE PROBLEMS
MELISSA HUNT CITY COUNCIL MEMBER
>>IT’S ALWAYS A TOPIC OF
DISCUSSION. PORSHA: IN 2016, THE MOORE
MASTER DRAINAGE PLAN HIGHLIGHTED
THESE INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES. THE CITY SAYING THE PROJECTS ARE
USUALLY TO SMALL FOR A BOND
ISSUE BUT TOO BIG TO BUDGET
THROUGH GENERAL REVENUE SOURCES. AND HOPE THIS SALES TAX IS THE
SOLUTION.>>WE KNOW WE’VE GOT SOME THINGS
IN THE FUTURE THAT ARE GONNA GET
TO BE A BIGGER DEAL WITH THE
WATER AND HOW CLEAN THE WA

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