New taxes soundly defeated |

New taxes soundly defeated

— Voters in Oak Creek said no to new taxes in the municipal elections Tuesday.

They overwhelmingly rejected a 3-percent tax on all construction materials, by a vote of 154 to 18, and 1-percent vehicle tax 154 to 16. The construction tax would have brought an estimated $5,000 to the town a year, and the vehicle tax as much as $16,000 annually.

The revenues from both the taxes were to go straight into the parks and recreation fund, freeing up money to use for the general fund.

“I guess people said what they think,” Trustee Deb Van Gundy said.

No new taxes means the trustees will go back to the drawing board to find ways to more wisely spend its money.

“It will be tight; we just won’t do anything major in (parks and recreation) now,” Van Gundy said.

Resident Derrick Adrian, who voted against the taxes, believed the taxes didn’t address the issues that Oak Creek needs to deal with, like fixing the streets. Instead, they focused on improving parks and recreation, which he felt were already doing OK.

The election brought out 179 of the approximately 600 registered voters.

“That’s pretty decent,” Town Clerk Nancy Crawford said.

— To reach Doug Crowl call 871-4206 or e-mail

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