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Pleasant Plains Implements New Water Tax

Updated: Tuesday, June 3 2014, 05:27 PM CDT
PLEASANT PLAINS -- Residents in Pleasant Plains will be paying a little more for some items starting next month.

This is a voter-approved 1 percent sales tax increase, designed to help fund a new $1.2 million water tower. City officials say their current water tower dates back to the 1950s. And it doesn't meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements for height and capacity.

The new tower will stand about 10 feet taller, and have a capacity of about 200,000 gallons, holding more water and increasing the water pressure. According to the mayor, residents were open to this increase.

"When we presented I sent a letter out to them explaining that our major thrust for this sales tax increase would be to put in a new water tower which in turn would be better service to the community," Mayor Jim Verkuilen said.

The increase goes into effect July 1. The sales tax will change from 6.25 percent to 7.25 percent, which is expected to bring in an extra $48,000 a year. The village still has to take out a $1.25 million loan to complete the project. Pleasant Plains Implements New Water Tax


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