Winslow to continue with two percent tax

By L. Parsons

Proposition 411 asked Winslow voters the question of whether or not to extend the levy of the existing two percent transaction privilege tax on restaurants and bars for a period of 20 years from July 1, 2018. The proposition passed 648 to 363, with 29 percent of the voters casting ballots. Last week’s election was a strictly mail in ballot with the one proposition presented.

Winslow Finance Director Elias Jouen explained that the privilege tax brings about $125,000 of revenue into the city each year. According to Jouen, the funds are used for, “Capital improvements including, but not limited to, city wide parks and streets, sidewalks, and street landscaping in all areas of the city,” he said.

The next election for the City of Winslow will be a primary, held March 13, 2018, with positions of mayor and three council members on the ballot. Interested candidates may pick up a candidate packet from City Clerk Suzy Wetzel, Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, located at 21 N. Williamson Ave. The final day to turn in those packets is Dec. 13. Voters are encouraged to register by Feb. 12 for the primary, and April 16 for the general election.