Vote YES on sales tax extension!

Remember voting YES will not increase taxes, it just maintains what is in place.  Voting no will likely raise property taxes.

I support this effort and recommend a yes vote.  If you are a Rochester citizen this just makes sense.  Most regional communities in Minnesota have a local option sales tax.  In Rochester we lose a ton of money to Federal, State, and County Governments.  This is one of the few ways that those who use our city help to pay for it.  I think it is sad that Greg Davids and the local tea party saw fit to micromanage Rochester and remove our library from the mix but this is still a good deal.  If you just consider the items in this package that likely will be done regardless (like Uptown / West 2nd Street or 65th street) we are likely to pay less locally if we fund this from sales tax than property tax.

Here is a note from Jerry Williams:

Friends, Colleagues and Fellow Citizens (there are 281 of you receiving this message!):
As many of you know, I am on the Common Cents Steering Committee, the group driving the initiative to renew Rochester’s ½ cent local sales tax.  I believe very strongly in this and am asking for your support in November.  Our campaign has officially been launched and attached is a recent commentary, printed by the Post Bulletin that goes into great detail about this effort and why it’s so important.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing more of my thoughts with you about very specific reasons why I believe this is in the best interest of the community’s future, one where passage will help us determine a positive direction that we can continue to take in a very fiscally responsible way.  And if during that time you have questions, please feel free to contact me, and I can answer them either in a response to you and/or in my next message.

Some key things about this reauthorization to keep in mind as we go forward:

  • This is not a new tax.
  • It has been and will be used for capital, infrastructure and economic development projects, all which must be approved by the City Council before taking place.
  • The projects were recommended by a citizen’s committee and approved by the City Council and Legislature.
  • It minimizes increases in property taxes, and
  • Up to half of the revenue comes from visitors to our community.

We are experiencing great support throughout the City, but we know we have work to do.  I would ask that with this and future messages on this topic you consider forwarding them on to friends of yours who, like you, may be seeking more information.  If, however, you wish to not receive further emails from me about this, please let me know…….but I hope you stick with me.

I realize that a few of you on this list live outside the city limits and cannot vote for it.  You are though very influential people, and I’d ask that you contact your friends and others in the city to encourage their support.  The whole region becomes stronger when this renewal is successful.

In the meantime, for more information, including photos, past and future projects and an FAQ, please visit our website www.commoncentsrochestermn.com and then link to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/commoncentsrochmn  to ‘like’ us and hopefully leave a comment.

It’s Common Cents! Please vote Yes!

Friends, Colleagues and Fellow Citizens (there are 281 of you receiving this message!):
As many of you know, I am on the Common Cents Steering Committee, the group driving the initiative to renew Rochester’s ½ cent local sales tax.  I believe very strongly in this and am asking for your support in November.  Our campaign has officially been launched and attached is a recent commentary, printed by the Post Bulletin that goes into great detail about this effort and why it’s so important.
 
In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing more of my thoughts with you about very specific reasons why I believe this is in the best interest of the community’s future, one where passage will help us determine a positive direction that we can continue to take in a very fiscally responsible way.  And if during that time you have questions, please feel free to contact me, and I can answer them either in a response to you and/or in my next message.
 
Some key things about this reauthorization to keep in mind as we go forward:
·         This is not a new tax.
·         It has been and will be used for capital, infrastructure and economic development projects, all which must be approved by the City Council before taking place.
·         The projects were recommended by a citizen’s committee and approved by the City Council and Legislature.
·         It minimizes increases in property taxes, and
·         Up to half of the revenue comes from visitors to our community.
 
We are experiencing great support throughout the City, but we know we have work to do.  I would ask that with this and future messages on this topic you consider forwarding them on to friends of yours who, like you, may be seeking more information.  If, however, you wish to not receive further emails from me about this, please let me know…….but I hope you stick with me. 
 
I realize that a few of you on this list live outside the city limits and cannot vote for it.  You are though very influential people, and I’d ask that you contact your friends and others in the city to encourage their support.  The whole region becomes stronger when this renewal is successful.
 
In the meantime, for more information, including photos, past and future projects and an FAQ, please visit our website www.commoncentsrochestermn.com and then link to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/commoncentsrochmn  to ‘like’ us and hopefully leave a comment.
 

It’s Common Cents! Please vote Yes!

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