Des Moines City Utility Tax Increase (November 2011)
This measure was defeated
- YES 2,620 (37.51%)
- NO 4,364 (62.49%)
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.
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
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|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.|