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Last Updated: Sep 14th, 2017 - 13:56:46


UPDATED: Hamburg voters pass two new taxes
By VAL GAUGHT
Sep 12, 2017, 21:49

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Hamburg voters passed both both issues on the special tax ballot Tuesday, and Mayor Dane Weindorf said he hopes the vote sends a message that the City of Hamburg is serious about ambulance service.

When the polls closed, there were 174 ballots to be counted. Terry McDermott, member of the election committee, gave the unofficial results.

Paul Keith of Hamburg casts his ballot in the special sales tax election Tuesday. Voters passed both measures on the ballot, which both come attached with half-cent sales taxes with sunset clauses. One measure will fund improvements at Norman Park, while the other will fund the construction of a new fire station. (VERSHAL HOGAN/News Observer)
“It will probably be certified on Friday, so even though we say unofficial, that’s the votes,” McDermott said.

There are 1,424 registered voters in the city of Hamburg, and approximately 12.2 percent of voters turned out for the election.

“I think we had a good turn out,” poll worker Michael Hargraves said. “Maybe the rain and cold weather kept a lot of people in.”

Issue Number One was passed with 117 voting in favor of the updates to Norman Park, and 57 voting against. Issue Number 2, the new fire station and ambulance depot, got 131 favorable votes and only 43 votes against it.

Both measures have a half-cent sales tax with a sunset clause attached.

Because of the passage, the City of Hamburg will soon see updates being made to Norman Park and a construction zone for a new fire station and ambulance depot.

Hamburg’s fire chief didn’t know the details of when to expect the new building, but said he was excited to know that it is now officially coming.

“I’m just glad the citizens of Hamburg stood behind us. I’d like to thank the city of Hamburg and everyone who voted for the new fire station,” Hamburg Fire Chief Tim Hollis said.


--For the complete story, see the Wednesday print edition.