Des Moines City Utility Tax Increase (November 2011)

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A Des Moines City Utility Tax Increase measure was on the November 8, 2011 ballot in the city of Des Moines which is in King County.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 2,620 (37.51%)
  • NO 4,364 (62.49%)Defeatedd[1]

This measure sought to increase the current utility tax to one set at a rate of 9 percent for an ongoing period of time in order to restore the Beach Park Historic Buildings and facilities as well as pay for maintenance and operations and improve city streets.[2]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

The Des Moines City Council adopted Resolution No. 1169 concerning a proposition to increase the City Utility Occupation Tax to restore Beach Park Historic District buildings and facilities; fund maintenance and operations; and for City street paving improvements. This proposition would restore Des Moines Beach Park Historic Buildings and facilities; fund maintenance and operations; and improve City streets to prevent their further deterioration. This proposition increases the current 6% utility occupation tax to 9% authorizing: (1) 1% for Beach Park capital projects for 20 years or until capital bonds are repaid and thereafter that 1% tax ends; (2) 0.5% for Beach Park maintenance and operations; and (3) 1.5% for City street paving improvements.[3]

References

  1. King County Elections, Unofficial November Election Results
  2. King County Elections, City of Des Moines, Proposition No. 1
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.