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Development group will boost for keeping sales tax

Posted 3/15/16 (Tue)

By Cecile Wehrman
The Divide County Economic Development Council (DCEDC) plans a series of ads promoting the importance of Crosby’s 1 percent city sales tax.
Though the city council has the authority to renew the tax by resolution, the council has traditionally put the question  to a vote of the people.
Community Developer KayCee Lindsey said her research shows the fund has poured about $2 million into the community since the year 2000. 
The tax was established in 1992. Since that time, voters have added two more 1 percent sale taxes -- one each for the park board and hospital.
While city council members have repeatedly commented they’re worried about residents rejecting the original tax because of the other add-ons, economic development groups like the DCEDC hope to educate the public about the rewards of keeping the tax.
“It’s been a huge program and that $2 million doesn’t include the enhancement grants the organizations have benefitted from over the past eight  years,” Lindsey said
Enhancement grants represent another $80,000 to $100,000 for local projects, she said.

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