Voters Turn Down Sales Tax Increase in Roscoe

By: Shannon Smith
By: Shannon Smith

ROSCOE (WIFR) – It looks like the roads in Roscoe won’t be getting fixed any time soon. Voters turned down a sales tax referendum last night that would’ve paid for repairs.

“My personal opinion, we’re over taxed.”

Bill Clemens say she enjoys eating at different restaurants in Roscoe and felt that a one percent sales tax increase would add up quickly with each meal he eats out.

“Only one got my yes vote and that was the Kinnikinnick School Referendum where I absolutely believe we need to support our schools.”

Clemens says he’s not shocked that the Roscoe roads tax referendum failed.

“I think a lot of people feel like I do.”

If it were approve, the one percent sales tax would have gone towards fixing older roads like Main Street.

“The life expectancy of these roads are 15 years. We’re past that life expectancy. It’s a little disheartening. It’s a step back.”

Village president Dave Krienke says he’s disappointed because the sales tax would have also extended sewer and water lines throughout the village to help bring new businesses to the area.

“We’re trying to do something to improve the quality of life for our resident and residents said no, that means we’re going to have to step back and look at some other options," said Krienke.

As far as other options to fix roads in the village, Krienke says he’s not considering a hike in property taxes. He say the board will meet soon to think of another plan.

Krienke says the village board will most likely try again for a sales tax in the next few years.

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