Local Option Sales Tax Paves Way for Street Work

DES MOINES, IOWA – Monday, April 20, 2020 A one-penny sales tax approved by Des Moines voters a year ago has delivered millions of dollars for Des Moines road rehabilitation. In a briefing today to Mayor Frank Cownie and the City Council, City Engineer Steve Naber said the Local Option Sales Tax has resulted in more than $7.55 million in street repair throughout Des Moines since last August.    

“As City Engineer and a resident of Des Moines, I’m extremely proud that in only eight months, we have nearly 28 lane miles of roadway rehabilitation underway funded by the Local Option Sales Tax,” Naber said. “We are living up to our commitment we made to the taxpayers about using a portion of this new revenue to go toward fixing our streets.” 

Naber said the road rehabilitation includes 17 lane miles of neighborhood streets and 11 lane miles of major roadways such as Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Hubbell Avenue, Easton Boulevard and Hartford Avenue. 

Des Moines voters in March 2019 overwhelmingly supported the one-cent Local Option Sales Tax to generate funds for street repairs, property tax relief, enhanced public safety and stormwater improvements.    

Al Setka
Communications Manager, City Manager’s Office
(515) 283-4057 

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