Cedar Rapids local option sales tax, March 2009

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A Cedar Rapids local option sales tax appeared on the March 3, 2009 ballot in Linn County, Iowa in Cedar Rapids, where it was approved.

  • Yes: 58% Approveda
  • No: 41%

The ballot measure asked the city's voters to approve a 1-percent local-option sales tax for five years, with collection of the tax to begin April 1.

The language of the ballot measure stated that the city of Cedar Rapids will use the revenue in two ways: 20 percent for property-tax relief; and 80 percent for flood protection and for the acquisition and rehabilitation of flood-damaged housing.[1]

Since the tax was approved, it is expected to raise between $18 million and $23 million for the city every year.

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