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Hotel-motel tax hike, library board change on Toledo ballot

Chelsea, Clutier have public measures on ballot

October 1, 2013
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Voters in Toledo will decide on Nov. 5 whether to up the city hotel-motel tax and if a board member from the rural area should be included in the make-up of the library board.

Toledo currently collects five percent in motel taxes.

City council members decided to seek the change which, if passed, would keep Toledo in line with other surrounding cities which are at seven percent.

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The tax generates about $48,000 annually according to City Clerk Julie Wilkerson. This is divided equally between the city General Fund and an account to support tourism-type activities.

The Toledo Library Board of Trustees believes including a member living outside the city limits would provide a more fair representation, Jennifer Bledsoe, library director said.

The library does receive some county funding.

Currently, the ordinance governing the library board's make up requires all members to live within the city limits.


Chelsea voters will decide whether to stagger city council terms beginning in 2015.

Currently all five Chelsea council members are elected for two-year terms.

Under the proposed public measure, the top three vote-getters in 2013 would have their posts back on the ballot in2015 for four-year terms.

The other two seats would be for two-year terms on the 2015 Chelsea city ballot, then be for four-year terms in 2017.


In Clutier, a measure to reduce the number of library trustees from nine to seven will be on the ballot.



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