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Council discusses tax proposal

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Lebanon City Council members discussed a possible vote on a sales tax for city parks and stormwater needs at a work session meeting Thursday night.

Mayor Jared Carr said the Council would discuss the tax proposals in more detail at its March work session. The issue would require a vote of the people and could potentially appear on the August election ballot.  The sales tax would replace the current property tax.

The current park property tax brings in about $630,000 in tax revenue, A 1/2 cent  sales tax under consideration could bring in $1,275,000 for parks and $425,000 for stormwater needs, according to figures presented to the Council.

A presentation from Park Director John Shelton showed declining property tax revenue that would not be enough to fund maintaining current parks.

City Administrator Michael Schumacher said without the tax there would have to be an increase in fees.

For more on this story see Saturday's LCR.

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