OPINION: City must use new tax revenue wisely

Published 11:06 pm Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Luverne City Councilman Jerry Sipper made some valid points during the council’s recent discussion on raising the sales tax half a cent.

“If we’re going to sit on the money, it’s not doing the citizens any good,” he said. “Simple things like striping up to speed bumps, I asked for part time help to pick up litter, just some simple things that people could see that would make me have a good feeling about voting yes.”

Sipper has made similar requests for more than a year. Only time will tell if it continues to fall on deaf ears.

Luverne took the path of least resistance by choosing to raise sales tax instead of other sources of revenue.

Mayor Joe R. Sport said a portion of the new taxes would be used for employee raises.

We will all be looking closely at how the rest of the revenue is put to use.