Dear editor,

In 2017 the City of Palmyra paid for a citywide study of storm water issues and solutions on how to address the problems found.

The study found 15 areas that need to be addressed with an estimated cost of about $3.5 million.

It is time to begin addressing these issues. Far too many homes in Palmyra experience water in their basements and flooded property from excessive rain.

To be able to pay for the solutions recommended in the study, the city is proposing two ballot issues in the April 3 election. If both propositions pass it will result in a half-cent sales tax increase. This half-cent increase will take our city sales tax back to what it was prior to Aug. 1, 2017 when the U.S 36/I-72 transportation tax ceased to be collected.

We currently have a capital improvements sales tax of a quarter cent that we are currently utilizing for our streets. We feel this quarter cent is maintaining and improving our streets well. We are asking approval to raise this sales tax to a half cent and we will use the half-cent capital improvements sales tax to fund the upcoming storm water projects. This will appear on the ballot as Proposition A.

Since we will be utilizing the half-cent capital improvements tax to fund improvements to storm water we are asking you to approve a separate tax of a quarter cent to fund transportation improvements. This quarter cent will take care of our streets as we currently are. This will appear on the ballot as Proposition B.

We encourage you to contact any of your council members if you would like more in-depth explanation of the ballot issues. We are also hosting informational meetings at Msgr. Farischon Hall Feb. 27 and March 27. Both meetings will begin at 6 p.m. 

We encourage you to attend one of the meetings to learn more about these propositions.

Mayor Loren Graham