The Marysville City Council continued its discussion of an increase to the sales tax to help fund recreational improvements, a new fire station and a decrease in property taxes. The current sales tax rate is 6.3% and will raise to 7.3 percent July 1st due to a state sales tax increase. With the proposed increase locally the Marysville sales tax rate will increase to 8.3 percent.
Brian Fragel, director of Marysville Sport & Recreation, brought an adjusted plan for recreation improvements. The plan Fragel presented lowered the cost estimate of the recreational improvements to $18.4 million. Fragel said they expect to make additional cuts to help limit the cost.
The additional fire station would be on south 11th Road at the former KNDY location. The proposed building could allow for four bays and a training room. It would replace the deteriorating brick building behind the City Building.
If a one-cent sales tax raised $750,000 — a conservative estimate according to City Administrator Shain — there could be $187,500 yearly to support construction of a fire station, $187,500 in property tax relief and $375,00 for debt service and maintenance on pool and recreation needs.
In additional business the council refused to approve pay raises for city employees at this time. The council accepted a bid of 75,856 dollars from Engman of Troy, KS for the Walnut Street Water improvements. The improvements will be done between the 900 and 1200 block of Walnut Street. The council also approved dive training for emergency personnel.