By Justin Lofton
ADA — At a special called meeting Tuesday, Ada City Council considered extending the one-cent sales tax used to fund Valley View Regional Hospital past its expiration date in July 2010.
“The sales tax should end in July or, at the latest, August,” City Manager David Hathcoat said.
Council discussed extending the tax and its possible uses, if it is extended.
Among possible uses mentioned were replenishing the city’s Emergency Management Services fund and funding of a future water source for the city. Council members said the tax could go to fund multiple things.
“I think we need to start asking people what they might want to support,” Barbara Young, council member, said. Members discussed asking Ada residents through Ada Evening News and discussed other public forums including town hall meetings where residents could provide feedback.
Councilors said the issue would be put up for municipal election. If the issue does not pass before the tax expires, council must wait until January 2011 to renew the tax. City attorney Alvin Files said the city would have to give the county election board 60-days notice in order to get it on the ballot.
Vice Mayor Dick Scalf said the city would have to devote money to obtaining water, with or without the tax.
“We know we’re going to have to spend a lot of money on water in the next couple of years,” Scalf said.