GRANDVEW, Wash. — Grandview voters should not expect a ballot measure asking for higher taxes in February.
City officials passed this week on asking residents to approve a tax increase on private utilities to help put some slack in the city’s budget to replace two retiring employees and make repairs to the city’s 55-year-old swimming pool down the road.
The City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday night against putting the measure on the February ballot, though members discussed perhaps trying again after the New Year in time for the April ballot.
Pam Horner and Diane Jennings voted in favor of the measure while Jesse Palacios, Javier Rodriguez and Joan Souders voted against it. Bill Moore and Mike Bren were absent.
The measure would have increased taxes on private utilities, such as cable television and cellphone service, from 6 percent to 7.5 percent.