Would you support an additional 1 percent of sales tax?

The Mitchell City Council voted unanimously last night to support legislative efforts to authorize an optional 1 percent of additional sales tax for cities.

Mayor Lou Sebert said the legislation would require that the extra tax be approved by local voters, devoted to a specific project, used to pay off bonds for the project, and automatically repealed after the bonds are paid off.

Sebert told me months ago that an extra percent of sales tax could finally make it possible for the city to afford the construction of an arena bigger than the Corn Palace.

I’m interested in your thoughts about the proposal, and I invite you to vote in the poll below.

25 thoughts on “Would you support an additional 1 percent of sales tax?

  1. i seem to remember an adage that said something to the effect that a tax once imposed, never goes away…even if the reason for the tax does!

  2. Mitchell has sales tax now that supposed to be for only a certain amount of time. It is still there. And they want to add more? Better find a new funding mechanism if I get a vote.

  3. Would be nice if we could have opted out on Obamas trillion dollar spending spree, George Bush and the Congresses Spending spree etc, etc. At least this option does have an opt out and a sunset clause. I am willing to listen to a proposal and decide once the facts are out. Sometimes a wise investment can return great dividends but the project must be right.

  4. Good grief. I thought Mitchell was fiscally conservative. What’s next – will the council vote themselves an 86% pay raise? It might be time to follow Massachusetts example by rejecting more incumbents at the next city election.

  5. why does the city seem to so set on this areana project- the voters have rejected it- worse yet- get behind a regressive tax- sales tax- finance the project on the backs of the poor- this is stupid- when is city hall going to live within it’s means? personally I budget- maybe we need not blame Washington DC when our own local officals are just as out of touch with the people- can’t live within the means with budgets and want salary increases- THROW THE BUMMS OUT NEXT ELECTION !!!!!!!!!

  6. Attend a council meeting before you start criticizing. 4 of the 8 councilmembers have never accepted or voted for an increase in pay. The council can not pass the cost onto anybody without a majority vote of the people. May not have to worry about ‘voting the bums out’ as many will likely not run again anyway. Get the facts.

  7. Keep in Mind that this would have to be voted in, and the council would not be able to just impose a tax. Also, it would have a sunset clause, when the project was over the tax would end.

    Whay not have the option if a project came around that is worth while.

    It does not have to be an event center.

  8. Thank you “get the facts” — for those who do not attend all the council meetings, we now know — thanks to you no less — that fully half of the council DID vote to increase their pay.

  9. Who is going to use this arena? All of the under and unemployed people in town and the surrounding areas? Or will it be strictly for sports? I don’t want to pay for it. If the jocks want it let them raise the money.

  10. the plain fact is that sales tax is regressive and the poor pay a disproportionate amount- so once again government needs to have it’s wishes on the backs of the poor. What will this arena do for the low-income? could they afford to go to anything? look at prices in the arena events in Sioux Falls- this is just another money shell game by the government- let’s reject it by telling our legislators no

  11. What happens after the arena is built and then there are budget shortfalls to operate it? Will we then have to raise the sales tax? Cover the deficit with property taxes? What are the real projections?

  12. Yes, wondering, it would not be all bad to do a fund raising of those interested in being involved. I, for one, would contribute to an indoor pool that was so graciously taken from us.

  13. be grateful for what you do have and not for what you don’t- after all- how much does an indoor pool rate right now in Haiti??- we need to get our priorities straight here- the difference between wants and needs are clear to many and we will not put up any longer with a government that entertains thoughts that are frivilous

  14. I agree why not??, but ‘those that want’ can support their own needs rather than expect others to do it for them. I would support a pool, but am also supporting the Haiti effort through church, and another Medical organization.
    My needs are few, and I am able to help in many ways….and I will continue to do so.
    Any thing worth having is worth working for!

  15. you are wrong. The city council has not voted to increase their pay for 2 years. You are thinking of the county commision. The entire, 100% of city council has not voted for a rais for the last 2 years. Any questions? secondly, how come people don’t get excited about the rich paying a ‘disproportionate’ share of all the taxes paid in this country. Half of the population ONLY pay sales tax. The top 5% pay greater than 60%+ of all the taxes paid in this country and work hard for the money they make. Stop listening to either of the two parties ruining our country. Get the facts and stop the rhetoric. Lets move forward together instead blaming hard working people on both ends of the socio economic spectrum and get out country back on track.

  16. you get your facts straight- the rich have gotten a cake walk in Washington that is a fact they can afford lawyers and walk away from responsibility- the poor always pay more- you are wrong- wrong- wrong. Taxihng is a dead end game- maybe we should be like the voters of Oregon who approved an initiated measure- hey government you only get 3% growth- the rate of inflation- live with that and an events center is not a necessity nor is an indoor pools- man are you people out of touch- maybe you should be on the city council with the rest of the elites.

  17. Why the anger? Taxes are paid in different degrees by most income earners. You earn you pay.
    What is causing such a response by ‘wow is wrong’?

  18. The Council’s endorsement of the optional 1% additional city sales tax legisation promotes all voters right to choose – the penny increase would have to be approved by local voters with this extra sales tax earmarked to pay off the debt on a specific city project and required by law to be automatically repealed once the specific project’s bond debt is paid off. Before the voters are asked to approve a 1% city sales tax increase to finance building a separate arena larger than the Corn Palace, city leaders need to identify why the voters refused to support the past “Convention Center – Arena” and “Events Center – Arena” proposals. Did the voters say we cannot afford both a Corn Palace and a larger arena? Did the voters object to the needed property tax increases? Did the Balloon Museum money-pit fiasco impact voters’ decisions? Did voters ask how a larger arena would benefit their family members?

    Are public officials elected to promote the special interests of a few? Is the DWU campus “Wellness Center – Arena” being promoted by the City-Avera-DWU partnership simply to avoid having to ask the voters to approve an arena project? If the “Wellness Center – Arena” can be built on the DWU campus without a city tax increase, would the council ask the voters to approve the comingling taxpayer funds with private investment dollars? Voters were not asked to approve spending tens of millions of local property tax dollars on LB Williams School lease payments to DWU, on the new Longfellow School, or the new JQF stadium. Are city officials planning to borrow a page from our school district’s playbook? Are city officials planning to spend public funds without voters approving spending public funds on the “Wellness Center – Arena”? Should city officials ask the voters to approve the comingling of public and private funds before $1 of public funds is spent on building the proposed City-Avera-DWU project?

    What’s Mitchell’s exclusive trademark – DWU, the Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, Cabela’s, I-90, a lake, pheasant hunting, museums, regional trade center, basketball, baseball, softball, wrestling, gymnastics, soccer, football, golf, swimming, marching band, show choir, or the “World’s Only Corn Palace”? How old is the Corn Palace? Does the “City Master Plan” call for a new Corn Palace with a larger arena? If a new Corn Palace was needed, would the voters approve a larger Corn Palace with more arena seating capacity? Has the city secured the land along the bypass for the future new Corn Palace with its expanded arena? At the present time, do we need a new Corn Palace?

    Currently, what would benefit “ALL” community members the most – a larger city arena or a community wellness center? If public funds are invested in building a community wellness center, then should it be 100% public owned inviting “ALL” community members of “ALL” religious faiths to utilize the public facility? The Mitchell Recreation Center with the empty lots to the south is the perfect location. Build an addition – indoor competitive-sized swimming pool and a separate small child wading pool. Convert the current pool area into alternative recreational uses – basketbll, baseball, softball, golf, soccer, tennis. Include an indoor walking/running track above the new pool area with a concessions area and tables located poolside. Time for some inclement weather recreational brainstorming targeting “ALL” community member needs. Visit other indoor swimming – wellness center facilities. How much revenue could be raised – 1% city sales tax increase; corporate sponsorship – naming rights & advertising; increased annual membership fee revenues? Schedule times and programs targeting our retired seniors.

    Council members, how about a public vote – build a separate larger arena or the above 100% public owned wellness center.

  19. Are public officials elected to promote the special interests of a few? Are Arena supporters promoting a City-Avera-DWU Wellness Center – Arena on the DWU campus simply to avoid having to ask the voters to approve spending public funds on a separate arena that would have be larger than the Corn Palace? If the DWU campus “Wellness Center – Arena” could be built without any city tax increases, would the voters be asked to approve the comingling of taxpayer funds with private investment dollars? Voters were not asked to approve spending $25+ million of local property tax dollars on LB Williams School lease payments to DWU, on the new Longfellow School, or the new JQF stadium. Are city officials planning to borrow a page from our school district’s playbook?

  20. The Council’s endorsement of the pending city sales tax legislation promotes a voters right to choose (the penny increase would have to be earmarked to pay off the debt on a specific city project; it would be automatically repealed once the specific project’s debt is paid off; it would have to be approved by local voters). Before the voters are asked to approve any city tax increases to finance building a separate arena, city officials need to identify why the voters have refused to support the past “Convention Center – Arena” and “Events Center – Arena” proposals. Did the voters say we cannot afford both a Corn Palace and a larger arena? Did the voters object to the needed property tax increases? Did the Balloon Museum money-pit fiasco impact voters’ decisions? Did voters ask how a larger arena would benefit their family members?

  21. What’s Mitchell’s exclusive trademark – the “World’s Only Corn Palace”? How old is the “Palace”? When is a new “Palace” going to be needed? Does the “Master Plan” call for building a new “Palace” with a larger arena down the road? Would the voters approve building a larger “Palace” with more arena seating capacity? Should the city secure land along the bypass for a future new Corn Palace with an expanded arena?

  22. What would benefit “ALL” community members the most – a wellness center or a larger arena? Instead of a City-Avera-DWU “Wellness Center – Arena” on the DWU campus, how about a “City-Avera” or “City-Sanford” wellness center addition to the Mitchell Recreation Center on north Main Street? Build an indoor competitive-sized swimming pool and a separate small child wading pool. Convert the current pool area into alternative recreational uses – baseball, softball, golf, soccer, tennis, shuffle board, horse shoes, lawn bowling, ping pong, billards. Include an indoor walking/running track above the new pool area with a concessions area located poolside. Schedule times and programs targeting our retired seniors. Are there any low interest rate, Obama-Care, community wellness center programs available? How much revenue could be raised – 1% city sales tax increase; donations; corporate sponsorship; advertising; membership fees? Time for some brainstorming targeting “ALL” community member needs. Visit other recreational – wellness center facilities.

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