Hamilton County voters have many issues to consider before next week's general election. In addition to selecting their choices for a variety of state and county offices, residents of Hamilton County will also decide whether to renew the county's local option sales and service tax for another 10 years.
Originally implemented to help pay off the construction costs of the Hamilton County Law Enforcement Center and Jail, the 1 percent LOSST?has also been used to fund many projects around the county. Since the jail was paid off in 2006, more than $5.7 million has been distributed.
Some of the past uses for the LOSST?funds have included:
Blairsburg: Repair existing city roads.
Ellsworth: Sewer mains, new streets.
Jewell: Street revitalization plan.
Kamrar: Infrastructure and street repairs.
Randall: Repair water, sewer lines.
Stanhope: Library and community center.
Stratford: Street repairs, pool renovations.
Webster City: Road repairs.
Williams: Upgrades for water tower.
Unincorporated areas: Renovations to courthouse, property tax relief in Rural Fund.
The communities of Hamilton County have big plans for those funds if the measure is renewed, all of them benefiting current and future citizens. Tough economic times are still with us and so it makes sense to keep the LOSST?in place. A penny on the dollar seems a small price to pay for these vital services and it's use-based - not an additional property tax burden.
The Daily Freeman-Journal supports the renewal of the Hamilton County LOSST and urges citizens of the county to support the renewal with a "yes" vote on Nov. 2.