One-Cent Local Option Sales Tax Vote
Regular City Election November 7, 2017
Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Register to vote here.
- Look up your polling place online.
- Learn about absentee voting.
- Call the Dallas County Auditor's Office at (515) 993-6914 with questions.
The One-Cent Local Option Sales Tax and What it Means
Waukee residents, along with the rest of Dallas County, will have the opportunity to vote on November 7 as part of the Regular City Election on a countywide referendum for a one-cent local option sales tax. The tax would be collected on a countywide basis and distributed to communities through a formula based on population and prior taxable valuations. Waukee would receive a projected $2 million annually from the local option sales tax.
Here's what will appear on the ballot:
"SHALL THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC MEASURE BE ADOPTED?
Summary: To authorize imposition of a local sales and services tax in the City of Waukee at the rate of one percent (1%) to be effective on July 1, 2018.
Revenues from the sales and service tax shall be allocated as follows:
50% of such revenues to be allocated for property tax relief.
50% of such revenues for city quality of life improvement purposes, including but not limited to recreational/sports complexes, community center, trails, parks, arts, cultural amenities, historic preservation, and for other public uses the city deems appropriate."
In order for the measure to pass, it must be approved by a majority of voters in the combined communities of Waukee, West Des Moines, Urbandale and Clive, situated in Dallas County.
Improving Waukee Parks and Investing in Public Safety
If the measure passes, the $2 million of annual revenues predicted for the City of Waukee would be split into two initiatives - improving Waukee parks and investing in public safety.
The $1 million of the annual revenues would be used to finance park improvements and additions over a four-year period. At the City's current rate of park improvement funding, the same amount of improvements without the new sales tax are projected to take 13 years, as opposed to four. These projects include the completion of Fox Creek Park Phase II, including the splash pad and play areas; the addition of the new Westown Meadows Park east of SE Willowbrook Drive and north of SE Tallgrass Lane; the completion of the Waukee Dog Park's Phase II, an additional $2 million investment in Waukee's Youth Sports Complex and much more.
Investing in Public Safety:
The City's population growth continues to trigger an increase in public safety calls for service throughout the community. The current Waukee Public Safety Building is becoming crowded and will not serve the needs of the Waukee Police and Fire Departments long-term. A new Waukee Public Safety Building will need to be built to keep up with the growth; the target date for completion is 2025. The City would escrow $1 million annually from the sales tax revenues to offset future property tax increases to finance the future facility.
Public Information Meeting
Learn more at a public information meeting on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at Waukee City Hall located at 230 W. Hickman Road.
- Why is there a vote on the local option sales tax?
- How much would Waukee receive from the local option sales tax?
- How would the funds for parks and trails be used?
- How would the funds provide property tax relief?
- Why are local option sales taxes necessary for park improvements?
- Can the Public Improvement funds committed by Apple be used for park improvements?
- Why can’t existing tax revenues be used for park improvements?