A special meeting for Cedarville city officials to hear from residents on a proposed one-percent city sales tax that will be on the Nov. 8 general election ballot is set for Monday at 7 p.m.
A town hall-style meeting will be held at Cedarville City Hall to give residents an opportunity to “express their views” on the proposed tax, said Cedarville Mayor Mark Isenhower.
“The purpose is to have a discussion on what the priorities should be if the tax were to pass, and to answer any questions residents have,” Isenhower said.
Members of the Cedarville City Council passed a measure at their July 19 meeting allowing for a vote in the Nov. 8 general election on the one-percent tax.
According to the ordinance passed on July 19, 75 percent of the revenue gathered from the one-percent sales tax would go to the road department, while 12.5 percent each would go to the police and fire departments.
Improving roads is the main purpose for the tax, Isenhower said. City officials are looking for public input on ranking which roads need the quickest attention, he said.
During the July 19 meeting, Isenhower proposed that the city put together a long range plan for the road department with a list of roads to be improved.
If passed, the one-percent sales tax would be the first for the city. Cedarville currently has no, nor has ever had, a sales or property tax.
By law, council members could impose a property tax up to six mills, but Isenhower said in a previous interview that city officials prefer residents have a vote on the issue.
Residents in Cedarville voted against a one-percent sales tax during the May 2014 primary election by a margin of about 36 percent, according to Isenhower.