North Idaho towns pondering local option tax vote

North Idaho towns pondering local option tax vote

by
Mitch Coffman
August 16, 2012
Mitch Coffman
August 16, 2012

Two communities in north Idaho, Sandpoint and Ponderay, could be asking voters in November for permission to assess a local option sales tax on goods and services, according to a story in the Bonner County Daily Bee.  The two city councils are looking at a tax of between 0.5 and 3 percent. A 60 percent approval figure is needed to enact the tax.

Ponderay and Sandpoint city councils met in joint session Tuesday night to discuss the possibility of adding a local option tax to the ballot this November. While the particulars of the proposed tax will be ironed out in the coming weeks, it will likely be a sales tax on goods and services between 0.5 and 3 percent.

Figures from the cities indicate a 0.5 percent tax bring in  $612,500 per year.  A 3 percent tax would realize$3.6 million annually.
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