CHADRON SALES TAX PETITIONS NET OVER 600 SIGNATURES

Posted 3 months ago

By Kevin Horn

Chadron city flagPetitions to place a half-cent sales tax to fund conversion of the city’s outdoor pool into an indoor recreation center were turned in Tuesday afternoon.

Spokesperson Mary Lecher says 302 signatures were needed and well over 600 were obtained.

Lecher says the Dawes County Clerk’s office must now verify the signatures to be those of registered voters. She hopes the verification is finalized in time for the issue to be placed on the Chadron City Council’s August 18 meeting agenda so the council can vote to put the issue on the November 4 ballot.

Lecher says if not, then the council will hold a special meeting to act on the issue.

The pool conversion plan has an estimated price tag of $5.9-million dollars. $4-million would come from the sales tax, $1-1/2 million from grants and foundations, and half-a-million dollars would be raised through a capital campaign and donations.

The deadline for the city to submit the sales tax issue to the Dawes County Clerk’s office for the November election is September 2.