Forum on proposed city sales tax hike Monday

KINGMAN­ Residents are welcome to air their views Monday night on the proposed sales tax increase that would be effective March 1.

The city is proposing to raise the local sales tax from 2 to 2.5 percent.

The public hearing will be held during the City Council's work session scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. in the city complex council chambers.

The council postponed voting on the measure on Nov. 7 after some members of council, car dealership representatives, and the Kingman Chamber of Commerce president suggested scheduling a time for public comment.

The sales tax was one of other recommendations from a consultant concluding the city needed more revenue resources to pay for current infrastructure needs and future costs.

The half-percent increase would amount to an added $.25 on a $50 purchase.

"Is that enough to cause people to go somewhere else to shop? I don't know," said Finance Director Coral Loyd, who will participate in a city staff presentation on the proposal.

The session will be an opportunity for the public to have input, Loyd said.

The increase is tentatively scheduled for a council vote on Dec. 5.

Also on the work session agenda is setting the dates for the spring election for mayor and council seats.

The deadline for prospective candidates for mayor and the three council seats to file nomination forms and other materials is 5 p.m. on Dec. 14.

Councilmen Ray Lyons, Phil Moon and Jim Baker are concluding four-year terms in the spring.

Candidates need a minimum of 183 signatures and no more than 397 to appear on the primary election ballot.

Dates set for approval are March 14 for the primary election and May 16 for the general election.

Any candidates receiving a majority of all votes cast (over 50 percent) at the primary election will be declared elected without running in the general election, according to material from the City Clerk's office.

Candidate nomination packets are available in the City's Clerks office in the City Complex at 310 N. Fourth St.

Persons interested in running need to submit a Statement of Organization or a $500 Threshold Exemption before they may start collecting petition signatures.