Novinger, a small town west of Kirksville, is voting Tuesday on a proposition that would implement the town’s first ever sales tax. The proposed tax is a 1% sales tax and is estimated to raise between $10,000 and $15,000 annually.
Mayor Jeff Dodson says the town of just under 500 people has never proposed a sales tax. But he says due to a recent decline in the town’s population, the tax should make up for some of the lost revenue. He hopes to use the money for public projects that will benefit both citizens and visitors.
“We’ve got a lot of new businesses that are springing up," he said. "And when we looked at the needs that we were trying to meet, basically roads and storm drainage, it was a good revenue source that would spread out the responsibility to everyone that uses our roads.”
Citizens of the town will also be voting on whether or not to make the city collector a position that will be hired by the city council.