Grandview abandons idea of pitching tax hike

GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview, in an attempt to find out whether or not citizens would support an increase in private utility tax rates, recently conducted an online survey of residents.

However, the Grandview City Council last night learned only about 90 residents completed the survey.

City Administrator Cus Arteaga said, "It doesn't appear it (the proposed private utility tax) is supported."

Mayor Norm Childress and the council members agreed, noting the number of individuals completing the survey is too low to accurately assess public opinion on the matter.

Childress said, "It was more like a shotgun approach."

Brad Smith helped the city with the survey, setting it up on the city of Grandview's website. He said the results "...would not stand up to statistical analysis."

He said the questions were not specific enough and not enough residents completed the survey for an appropriate representation of the populous.

Childress agreed, stating it appeared those who did fill out the survey were confused and there is not enough information to provide the city council with direction.

Because of the results generated from the survey, the council approved a motion to set aside the private utility tax proposal by a 7-0 vote.

"The city's budget is alright," said Childress, noting discussions regarding where the city goes from here can take place at a council retreat to be scheduled this coming summer.


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