Menan votes in favor of tax levy

Menan voters passed a special tax levy Nov. 5. Voters previously voted down a similar this spring.

Voters in Menan decided Nov. 5 to increase their taxes to allow the city to raise money for road repairs.

The vote marks a reversal of the voters' decision May 21, in which a similar ballot measure failed 56 votes against to 44 in favor. On Nov. 5, the measure passed with 67 in favor and 49 against.

Controversy has surrounded the tax levy, with some opposing the measure being placed on the ballot for the second time. Individuals against the measure have said Menan officials could find the money elsewhere or engage in better budgeting practices. Those in favor have said the money needed is not easy to get, and said the tax levy is a good option to improve the roads.

The measure passing means residents will see an approximate $15 increase per $100,000 of assessed property value per month, or about a $176 annual increase. The increase will last for two years and will produce $40,000 each year beginning in 2020 for a total of $80,000. The money is allocated for expenses related to the roads and streets of Menan.

An original version of this article read the increase would produce $40,000 each year in 2020 and 2019.