As expected, the Floyd County Board of Supervisors have set March 1, 2022 as the date for a vote on a one-cent local option sales tax (LOST) in Charles City and in the unincorporated area of the county.
The current LOST taxes for both the City of Charles City and the county are set to expire on December 31, 2022. Voters will be asked to approve each tax for another 10-year run starting January 1, 2023.
At their regular meeting Tuesday, supervisors also approved wording for the measure on the ballot to use revenues from the tax to fund improvements to rural and secondary roads, as it is currently. There will also be a provision indicating 0% of the revenue can be used for property tax relief, although Board Chair Linda Tjaden says LOST provides that in an indirect fashion.
Board member Roy Schwickerath asked how they can best educate the public on the tax and how it benefits the county.
Tjaden said supervisors can’t tell voters to vote yes or no, but they can explain how the tax works and the road projects it helped pay for.
In related business, the supervisors approved the job description including qualifications and salary range in the hiring of a new county engineer. They also approved posting the position to solicit applications through December 6th in hopes of filling the position by the end of the year. The County will also advertise for a temporary county engineer.