SWEETWATER COUNTY — The Sweetwater County Commission will discuss the next steps for the proposed specific purpose tax following the results of a community survey.
The Commission will meet for its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, May 3, at 8:30 am, at the Sweetwater County Courthouse in Green River. During the meeting, the Commission will share the results of a community survey that was conducted to gain insight from the public on the specific purpose tax.
The survey results from the meeting documents states, “local elected officials launched a survey on March 31 to gather initial feedback from the community on a potential specific purpose tax. This comes after several months of discussions about how best to fund urgent community and infrastructure needs throughout the entire County of Sweetwater.”
According to the results, about 900 individuals participated in the survey with 860 people finishing the survey between March 31 and April 15.
“The input collected will help guide the continued community conversations over the spring and summer and help local elected officials determine next steps – which may include the decision to ask voters to increase the sales and use tax by 1 percent to fund a specific list of projects,” the meeting documents state.
The survey results, which are shown below, show that county residents polled favor specific purpose projects such as maintenance and improvements to streets, sewer systems, and water facilities. While 28 percent of participants said they would be willing to pay an extra 1 percent sales/use tax for five years or less, 35 percent said they are unwilling to pay an extra 1 percent sales/use tax for any amount of time.
The Sweetwater County Commission will discuss these results during its meeting and will begin discussions of next steps for the tax proposal.