Shoppers talk about possible tax hike

WEST DES MOINES - Voters in Dallas county will decide on November 7th, whether to join other counties in Iowa that have a countywide local-option sales tax. The proposal would increase from 6 percent to 7 percent. 

According to city officials the proposed tax hike could generate more than $11 million for Dallas County. In Waukee, Mayor Bill Peard said the tax increase would be used for the redevelopment of parks and recreation. Other parts of Dallas such as Clive and Urbandale would make the following improvements:

Clive: Relocation of Fire Station and repave existing roads
Urbandale: Park and trail improvements and a new aquatic center

But Mayor Peard said it could take several some convincing. 

"Like anything you propose there will be people who agree and others who disagree, it is part of the process," said Peard. 

Local 5 found was told by city leaders that most of the money at Jordan Creek Town Center in West Des Moines, which is in Dallas County. Also, Valley West Mall in Polk County. That means buyers could be paying more at the register. 

"I would probably still come to Jordan Creek to ship but If I can find cheaper at Valley West which is in Polk County it will detour me," said one buyer. 

Other buyers say they don't mind the increase.

"I don't think this will make a huge deal, it is only 1 percent," said an area resident. 

If approved the proposal could go into affect by July 2018.


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