December 23, 2013

Carroll city officials are expecting to collect $1.4 million in each of the next five fiscal years through the 1-percent local-option sales tax.

By law, about $350,000 of that annually goes to property-tax relief in Carroll.

Beyond that, streets work is expected to be the big recipient of local-option dollars, according to planning documents council members and Mayor Adam Schweers will use in the budgeting process early next year.

Over the next five years, the city expects to spend $2.375 million on streets work from the lost-option sales tax. That will be part of an estimated $12 million total streets funding package during that time frame.

City officials recommend spending $440,000 from local-option collection on trails over the next five years - part of a $1.1 million plan.

Other than that, future councils will have wide discretion with how to use the local-option sales-tax money as the city projects a balance of $2.7 million in the fund in fiscal year 2018-2019 should no other projects come on the books.

Council members have yet to approve the funding. The capital-improvement plan - which includes the local-option sales-tax projections - serves as a guide during the council and mayor's budget process.

City of Carroll voters in August 2012 overwhelmingly approved extension of the 1 percent local-option sales tax for another 10 years.

The ballot measure passed with 71 percent of the vote - 555-229. It carried all four wards in the city handily.

On May 13, 2003, the local-option sales tax passed by just 48 votes in the City of Carroll - 1,229-1,181. The ballot language required the city to use 25 percent of the local-option sales-tax money for property-tax relief, with 75 percent available for other city business. That language again appeared on the ballot in 2012.

The first local-option election was held July 2, 2002, and the results in the City of Carroll were 998 yes and 1,481 no.