So, you’re an altoona resident. What does polk county’s local-option sales tax mean to you?

If passed, The Local-Option Sales Tax will reduce the future property tax increase of Altoona residents by 60%, while funding capital improvement projects like road-maintenance and new public facilities.

How Much Will You Save?

Approximate Home Value

$175k

$200k

$225k

$250k

$275k

$300k

The Local-Option Sales Tax will
reduce your property tax increase by:

$201.49

Here's How it Works...

Each year, millions of people visit Altoona.


They drive on our roads…


They eat at our restaurants…


They shop at our stores.

These visitors are great for local business...

…But, they’re also a burden on our infrastructure and civic services.

If passed, The Local-Option Sales Tax will reduce the future property tax increase of Altoona residents by 60%, while funding capital improvement projects like road-maintenance and new public facilities.

…But, they’re also a burden on our infrastructure and civic services.

Altoona is safe and beautiful. And we want to keep it that way. So, we made a plan to bring long-overdue updates to our civic services, including a new police headquarters with expanded training facilities.

The City has scheduled the following projects over the next 5 years:

    2018

  • Adventureland Drive Widening
  • Adventureland Drive Repairs from Hubbell to 17th Street
  • 1st Avenue North Widening Project – Rail Road Crossing
  • 1st Avenue North Widening Project – Underground Utilities
  • Townsend House Remodel/Senior Meal Site
  • Exit 143 Ramp Signals

    2019

  • 1st Avenue North Widening Project –  North from Railroad to 7th Street
  • 8th Street Construction – Phase 1

    2020

  • City Hall/Police Station
  • 1st Avenue North Widening Project – 8th Street North to Railroad
  • 8th Street Construction – Phase 2

    2021

  • 8th Street Construction – Phase 3

    2022

  • Public Works Facility
  • Now, the big question is…

…Who will fund these civic improvements?

Polk County’s Local-Option Sales Tax. Visitors of Altoona will now contribute to the well-being of our residents with a Sales Tax. When they make a purchase, it will help fund civic improvements we care about – things like safety and infrastructure.

By asking all visitors to pitch in, we’ll fund already-planned projects that benefit our community, while keeping our property taxes low.

Here’s what Polk County’s Local-Option Sales Tax means to you and me:

Savings

Our property taxes will stay low.

Today, Altoona’s property taxes are some of the lowest in the region. Let’s keep it that way. With the Local-Option Sales Tax, Altoona can fund already-scheduled projects – like our new police headquarters/city hall – while keeping property taxes low.


Infrastructure

The condition of our roads will improve.

As residents of Altoona, we know certain infrastructure projects are long-overdue. The Local-Option Sales Tax will have visitors to our town help fund road-maintenance and other projects that matter to our residents.


Safety

Our police force will have the abilityto better-serve our community.

More people are visiting Altoona now than ever before, and we need a strong police force to keep our community safe. With Polk County’s Local-Option Sales Tax, visitors will contribute to scheduled projects that will strengthen our civic services, including a new headquarters for the Altoona Police Department with expanded training facilities.

With Polk County’s Local-Option Sales Tax, visitors of Altoona will now contribute to the well-being of our residents.

Here’s how you can vote... 

Step 1: Register to vote here.

Step 2: Find your voting location by clicking here.

Step 3: On March 6, go to your voting location (open from 7AM to 8PM)

This is how the Local-Option Sales Tax will appear on the ballot:

POLK COUNTY
PUBLIC MEASURE
SHALL THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC MEASURE BE ADOPTED?

☐ YES ☐ NO

Summary: To authorize imposition of a local sales and services tax in the City of Altoona, Iowa at the rate of one percent (1%) to be effective from July 1, 2018.

A local sales and services tax shall be imposed in the City of Altoona, Iowa at the rate of one percent (1%) to be effective from July 1, 2018.

Revenues from the sales and services tax shall be allocated as follows: 50% for property tax relief; The specific purposes for which the revenues shall otherwise be expended are:

50% for capital improvement projects, including but not limited to, public facilities; improvements to streets, parks, sidewalks, water, sanitary sewers, storm sewers and bridges; equipment purchases; economic development and any lawful purposes of the City of Altoona.

407 8th St SE,
Altoona, IA 50009