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To tax, or not to tax... That is the question.

At least for Eldridge residents. 
 Timororw, people who live in the Iowa town will to approve or deny a property tax increase, to help pay for a new city hall and police station. 

The total cost to the building would be around $4.6M. 

City leaders want to raise property taxes by $60 for every $100,000 property is worth. 

So, if your property was worth $100,000, your yearly taxes would go up $60 a year, or $5/month.

But, residents seem to be split on whether the tax, or the new building, is needed.

"I'm OK with it," says Kevin Canning. "We outgrew the one we have now and we need a new and bigger one."

"They don't need to raise taxes," says Darrel Swarts, in disagreement. "They are high enough the way it is."

City leaders say a yes vote on the new building is needed,  just enough room for employees. 

"We have approximately 7,200 sq. feet," says city administrator John Dowd. "The architectural consultant said we need 18,000 sq. feet, just to accommodate staff."

At this point, Dowd doesn't know if the city will get enough votes to approve the increase.

But, he says the outcome will say a lot about where the city is headed. 

"We see tomorrow's vote as a decision on whether or the the city wants to invest in itself."


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