Gardner voters approved a sales tax inititive last Tuesday. Proceeds from the half-cent sales tax will be used to fund infrastructure improvements to streets and trails. It will sunset in 10 years.
The tax replaces a 10-year tax, which funded the debt on Celebration Park and the Gardner Aquatic Center. It sunsets at the end of 2015. The next tax will be formally implemented in January 2016.
Gardner Mayor Chris Morrow was pleased voters approved the sales tax question.
“The condition of Gardner’s infrastructure, especially our streets and sidewalks, impacts the quality of life of our residents,” he said. “Better streets, sidewalks, and well maintained infrastructure position the city for a brighter future.”
In the mail-in ballot special election, 62 percent of voters approved the initiative. Of the 9,527 ballots mailed to registerd voters, only 2,489, or 26 percent, were returned to the election office to be counted.
Morrow said the whole city will benefit from the improvements.
“I want to thank every Gardner citizen who took the time to vote, whether you voted for or against the tax renewal,” he said.