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. 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.
Click here or on the image to the right to see maps, details and costs of the proposed projects.
Investing in Public Safety:
The City's population growth continues to trigger an increase in the hiring of public safety personnel to serve 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.
Election Information and FAQs
Click here to see additional information, such as:
- Election times and how to vote
- The exact ballot language
- FAQs related to the measure
- Community survey results regarding parks