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New London voters approve local option sales tax

NEW LONDON - Residents in New London voted in favor of implementing a one-half percent local option sales tax. The vote was 447 in favor and 193 against the proposal. A half of a percent tax will add $5 on a $1,000 taxable purchases made in the city.

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NEW LONDON – Residents in New London voted in favor of implementing  a one-half percent local option sales tax.

The vote was 447 in favor and 193 against the proposal.

A half of a percent tax will add $5 on a $1,000 taxable purchases made in the city.

Implementing the tax in New London will raise about $40,000 a year.

The goal is to raise $872,000 within the 20-year life of the tax to help fund construction of a new library, community room, ambulance bay at the fire hall and improvements to the senior center.

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Voters in Spicer and Willmar also sought voter approval for a local option sales tax in their communities to fund local projects.

The issue was approved in Spicer but defeated in Willmar.

Even with the voter approval, the Minnesota Legislature needs to give final approval to the sales tax before it can be implemented.

 

Carolyn Lange is a features writer at the West Central Tribune. She can be reached at clange@wctrib.com or 320-894-9750
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