The Slater City Council approved an ordinance to put the use tax on the ballot for the April 2, municipal election.
"As you know, the county passed it and that's good for the county, but each city needs to pass it," Mayor Stephen Allegri said at the meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15. "It keeps the money here in our county and in our town."
The use tax matches the current sales tax and is applied to out-of-state purchases. Consumers pay either the sales tax or the use tax, but they never pay both.
Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith estimates the city could be losing about $4,000 a year. However, Griffth said that number was just an estimate and he has no way of knowing an exact figure as of now.
Allegri noted that the Slater Chamber of Commerce has endorsed the tax and plans to go talk to other civic groups to get their support.
All members in attendance voted to put the use tax on the ballot.
Allegri said during the mayor's report that at the next meeting, the state of the city would be presented and the goal sheets for what the council would like to accomplish through the year would be as well.
"Well as you all know, Thursday we opened C&R Markets," Allegri said. "We had members of the chamber and the city council there. If you haven't seen the store, it's really, really a nice store. Well stocked. Brightly lit. I'd like to thank Tom and Katie and the owners of C&R Markets for the smooth transition."
Filing for council seats ended Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 5 p.m.
Four council members terms had expired.
Incumbents Terry Jordan, Matt Campbell, Ron Monnig and Brownell Byrant filed for their seats. Glenn Thomas signed up to run against Monnig. Frank Dolezal signed up to run against Bryant.
Minutes of the last meeting, the financial report and the paying of the bills were approved. Terry Jordan, Cathie Jeffries, Jake Brumit, Harry Lightfoot, Matt Campbell, Ron Monnig, Mayor Allegri, Assistant Administrator Gene Griffith and Clerk Khris Gochenour were in attendance.
The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. at city hall.
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County officials ask voters to approve out-of-state use tax