The Duncan Banner

January 22, 2014

Council approves tax resolution, sets election date

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — A half-cent sales tax, aimed at economic development in the City of Duncan, will be  on the April 1 election.

During a special meeting Tuesday, the Duncan City Council approved a resolution to set the election date for the  tax, which was initially approved by Duncan voters in 1994. The sales tax has to be approved by voters every five years.

In November, the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation approached the Duncan City Council to discuss splitting the economic development sales tax. Instead of all the funds going toward the foundation if the tax is approved, half will be used for infrastructure improvements for the City of Duncan. Those improvements include city streets, water conservation efforts and electric distribution.

City Manager Jim Frieda said the current sales tax will end July 31. If Duncan voters  approved a new sales tax, the new tax will take effect Aug. 1, leaving no gap between the outgoing tax and the incoming tax.

With the approval of the resolution, the City of Duncan will submit the resolution to the Stephens County Election Board. The election board will use that sales tax resolution to establish a proposition to go to vote before Duncan residents on April 1.

Frieda said the community will be kept apprised on how the sales tax funds are used.

“There have never been public funds released to the foundation without it coming here,” Frieda said. “They’ve always come with a reason.”

All present City Council members approved the resolution. City Councilman Ricky Mayes was absent from Tuesday’s special meeting.

Additionally, the council approve appointing Frieda to serve on the DAEDF Board of Directors. City Councilman Mike Nelson said  it was important for the City of Duncan to be recognized by someone who isn’t a voting member of the council, especially as it pertains to the Economic Trust Authority.

DAEDF board president Ben Herrington recognized Frieda as the best choice for the position. City Councilman Tommy Edwards also spoke in favor of Frieda’s appointment.

“We have complete trust in his decision-making,” Edwards said.