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Sales tax meeting draws small crowd

A meeting was held at the Marysville City Hall Tuesday to discuss a proposed 1 cent sales tax increase to help the city raise up to $800,000 in new sales tax revenues each year.  Seventeen people attended the meeting to listen to designers and consultants explain the proposed tax increase and projects it will fund.  If the sales tax increase is approved city officials say they would use the funds to pay for a new aquatic center for $4.9 million and build a new set of eight tennis courts at a cost of approximately $342,000. City officials are also proposing the construction of a $1 million fire station south of Highway 36 on 11th Road.  Other proposed uses for income from the tax increase include improvements at parks and recreational facilities in town and property tax relief.

This Sunday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Marysville Sport and Recreation will offer tours of the city pool and the tennis courts so residents can see their deterioration up close. A free barbecue will be served during that time in City Park with hot dogs, beans, chips and a drink. 

A second public meeting will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at the City Building.  Marysville voters will decide on the new sales tax in a vote on November 2nd.  Advance voting begins Oct. 13 and ends at noon Nov. 1. The voter registration deadline is Oct. 18. If approved by voters Marysville’s sales tax would increase to 8.3 percent under the ballot proposal. It currently is at 7.3 percent.

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