Council outlines possible funding options for wellness center
Posted on June 08, 2022 by KWBG
BOONE, Iowa—The Boone City Council Monday evening received information on possible ways to cover the cost of a possible wellness center and related programs. The staff presentation was prepared at the request of the board and included input from Ames Economic Development. The KWBG on Tuesday, Mayor John Slight said he knew some residents would remain opposed to any plans, but he said he hoped payment using sales tax on existing local options could allay concerns about the previous proposal to increase franchise fees on gas and electric service.
Monday’s presentation was the first time most Council members have heard of the proposal. Council member Eli Stine introduced a motion to put the issue to a public vote in the November general election. The motion failed for lack of a second. The board approved a resolution for a public meeting on the matter at the June 21 meeting. Slight told KWBG that he had heard reports of efforts to get a petition to bring the proposed sale of local option sales tax bonds to a public vote.
The local option sales tax in Boone was approved by voters in May 1990 and requires the city to use 75% for capital projects and purchases, 20% for property tax relief, and 5% for social service programs. The option tax was passed to pay for the renovation and addition of the Ericson Public Library and the Boone Municipal Pool. When preparing the budget, part of it is the use of the 75% for capital improvements and equipment. The Board also approved the 5% distribution of social services at Monday’s meeting. And the 20% for property tax relief was included in the budget approved in March.
You will find attached the brochure containing the information presented to the municipal council.
Boone Wellness Programs Feasibility Report