Sales tax measure on ballot in unincorporated areas

While voters in unincorporated areas of Marshall County do not have to elect city leadership, they still will have a reason to go to their regular polling place on Nov. 5.

Voters in these areas will be voting on a Local Option Sales Tax next week.

It is a one-cent sales tax that is already in place until 2015. As it stands currently, 75 percent of the money raised goes to property tax relief and 25 percent goes to bridge and culvert repair and replacement on county roads.

The Marshall County Board of Supervisors are proposing this be renewed for 10 years but to have 50 percent of the tax proceeds go to property tax relief and 50 percent to the bridges and culverts. The sales tax brings in approximately $1 million to the county.

Dave Thompson, chair of the supervisors, said of the 274 bridges in the county road system 102 of them are 50 years or older.

“We do have a drastic need for this to pass,” Thompson said.

Thompson said this shifting of the tax money puts less of a burden on the property owner and more of it on the road user.

There are 5,600 registered voters in the unincorporated areas of Marshall County. The measure would need a simple majority of 50 percent plus one vote to pass.