Bellevue Voters will Decide on City Sales Tax Hike
Bellevue- Voters will decide if they will pay an increase sales tax this election.Photo: Video by kmtv.com
CREATED Oct. 17, 2012
It's in the hands of the Bellevue voters.
"Just the word "tax" makes me a little hesitant."
"It is gonna be hard, it is gonna be a hard tax to vote for."
At Erwin's Bellevue Jewelry, owner Frank Kumor says business is good.
He's not sure if a half cent sales tax increase is best for Bellevue, but it could help the city in the long run.
"It's not a huge tax, but it is a tax. But if spent wisely, it could be a great benefit to us."
Bellevue city council passed in a 5-0 vote, to put the 1/2 cent increase on the November ballot.
If voters say yes, the city's sales tax would climb from 1 1/2 cents to 2.
"People have to realize that it's vital to our economy to grow this city to attract new businesses and industries and so I think it is absolutely necessary."
The increase could raise $3 million a year, money city leaders say will keep Bellevue in competition with neighboring cities.
But opponents say the dollar amount won't hold true and it's another hike that will hurt the taxpayers.
"You never know how much money a tax like that will raise, cause every time you raise taxes like that, you're gonna raise X amount of dollars from revenue increase but you'll also lose money from people not buying things there."