Local Option Sales and Services Tax Vote on August 6th
On August 6th, voters will decide if a 1% Local Option Sales and Services Tax (LOSST) will be added to eligible sales in the Polk County portion of Clive. LOSST was approved by Dallas County voters in 2017, so only Clive voters in Polk County will be participating in the August election. If approved, the sales tax rate would increase from 6% to 7% in the Polk County part of the City. The rate is already 7% in the Dallas County part of Clive.
Earlier this year, voters in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, and three other cities in Polk County approved LOSST. Clive residents and others who shop in these neighboring communities will be paying the increased sales tax starting July 1st, but the City of Clive will only receive a share of Polk County LOSST revenue if voters approve the tax in August.
According to the Iowa Department of Revenue, Clive would receive $1.7M annually from Polk County LOSST. The City would use those funds for:
- Property Tax Relief and Public Safety: The City Council has identified a new public safety building as a top priority to keep Clive safe and support our first responders. If the 1% sales tax increase does not pass, the Clive property tax levy rate will need to increase by $0.65 per $1000 to cover the cost of the new facility.
Clive is a growing city with growing public safety needs. The current public safety building was designed to serve a population of 11,000. Clive’s population today is over 18,000 and is expected to grow to approximately 24,000. The City Council has studied public safety needs over the past five years and has determined that a 40,000 square foot facility shared by the Clive Police and Fire Departments is the most efficient and cost-effective strategy. Land acquisition and construction costs for the facility are projected to be $15.25M.
- Streets Improvements: The City has prioritized building and maintaining high-quality streets throughout Clive. In 2018 the City completed a street pavement conditions study that identified dozens of streets that need rehabilitation and in some cases complete reconstruction. Based on that research, the Council has determined that annual spending needs to increase from $1.5M to $3M to achieve the pavement quality standards.
- Clive Greenbelt Improvements: In 2016, the City completed its Greenbelt Master Plan which identified millions of dollars in Clive Greenbelt maintenance and improvement projects over the next 30 years. Three of the priority projects are enhancing Greenbelt Landing (the area north of the Clive Aquatic Center including the Special Events Building), replacing the Campbell Park trail bridge, and updating facilities at Porter Shelter. Together these three projects will cost over $13M.
- Storm Water Management: Strong storm water management is essential to protecting property and lives, and creating a sustainable future for multiple Clive neighborhoods. The City is actively managing the Walnut Creek floodway to protect public infrastructure, homes, and businesses. Annually, the City spends $450,000 on storm water operating activities and $500,000 on storm water capital projects. In the future, the demand for storm water capital improvement funding will be in excess of $1M annually.
This is an important decision for Clive residents and businesses. Additional public education material and answers to frequently asked questions is available at clivelocaloption.com .