Your letters: Sales tax option for library is better than higher property tax
The writer asks readers to consider the benefits of a local sales tax in funding the new Wadena library.
On the ballot for this November's election is a question regarding the proposed sales tax to help pay for a new, modern library.
The proposal specifically asks for an additional 0.25% dedicated solely to pay off debt related to buying and remodeling the old First National Bank building. This would give the city of Wadena a total sales tax of 7.625%, which is still lower than most of our surrounding communities. For example, on a $20 purchase the extra tax would be 5 cents. Also, sales tax does not apply to food and clothing purchases. The Wadena City Council thought this small sales tax increase would be better than increasing property taxes because the impact would be far more dispersed.
While no one likes paying more tax I urge you to support this small, dedicated increase and vote "yes" on the ballot question. I have been very involved in fundraising efforts to build up the local economy in recent years. We have a wonderful community center, a new hospital, a distillery, a brewery, a new Humane Society building, and a number of new restaurants. Many of these enterprises got started during the Covid epidemic. We are a "Can Do" community. It also makes me feel good to see how we can set aside our political differences to get things done. This proposal has already been vetted by the City Council and the State of Minnesota. Please vote "yes' in November.