Stafford asks voters for sales tax hike for new pool

Stafford City Council member Cherl Blanton knows the cost of living there has been one of the community’s strengths.

“We were pretty cheap out here,” she said.

But a fire at the water plant and other utility costs sent utility bills up. A 1 percent city sales tax was implemented a few years ago, and voters Tuesday will decide whether to raise the sales tax another 1 percent for a swimming pool. In a related question, voters will be asked whether to give the go-ahead for up to $1.475 million in bonds for a new pool. The sales tax would finance a 25-year bond issue.

(Read more: The Hutchinson News)