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By Forrest Hershberger
Publisher, Sun-Telegraph 

1/2 Cent Sales Tax To Be Decided by Voters


Sidney voters will get to decide in November whether to continue a ½ cent sales tax, a “Local Option Sales Tax Proposal.”

The Sidney City Council held a public hearing July 12 prior to approving the measure. As written, the ballot question asks whether or not to continue the tax that increases city taxes from 1.5 percent to 2 percent for an additional 10 years. The current ½ percent sales tax expires in 2023.

As presented in the public hearing, 50 percent of the funding would go towards street improvements, estimated to generate an average of $425,000 annually or about $4.25 million...

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