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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Bethel Acres: Sales tax passes

  • Voters of Bethel Acres marginally passed a proposition that imposes a 2.5 percent town sales tax.
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  • Voters of Bethel Acres marginally passed a proposition that imposes a 2.5 percent town sales tax.
    Tuesday’s election resulted in 152 favoring votes, 55.9 percent of the total votes cast. Mayor Neal Davis expressed gratitude to the Board of Trustees for spreading the message of tax benefits.
    “I’m also very appreciative of the town,” he added. “I don’t think anyone is ever excited about paying more taxes, but it’s going to a very good cause.”
    The new revenue is expected to support capital improvements and the all-volunteer fire department. Davis said the funds would help update fire department radios and provide bunker gear.
    Businesses in Bethel Acres currently collect a 5.5 percent sales tax for each dollar, with 4.5 cents going to the state and one penny going to Pottawatomie County. With the passing of the 2.5 percent town sales tax, the sales tax rate will total 8 percent.
    The mayor said the new tax should generate a few thousand dollars each quarter.
    “This tax is not going to bring in much,” Davis said, “but every little bit helps in a small town.”

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