Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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Lennox approves 3rd penny sales tax

Lennox City Council on Monday night voted 4 to 2 to approve Ordinance #541, a 3rd penny sales tax. The tax, often referred to as a bed and booze tax, imposes an additional 1 cent sales tax on lodging accommodations, alcoholic beverages, dine-in or carry-out foods prepared for immediate consumption and ticket sales to places of amusement, athletic and cultural events. The tax applies to all such businesses within the City of Lennox who are subject to sales tax.
While the ordinance will take effect 20 days after publication of the ordinance, the tax will not be collected until July, 2014. The money collected from the 3rd penny sales tax must be used for specific purposes—for land acquisition, architectural fees, construction costs, payment for civic center, auditoriums or athletic facility buildings, including the maintenance, staffing and operations of such facilities, and the promotion and advertising of the city, its facilities, attractions and activities. For instance, the money could be spent on dues to LCEDA for development, or a sign to promote the City, Public Works Director Greg Stack said. Mayor Orville Wiebers added that the money could also be used on the pool or bike trail.
Several cities surrounding Lennox have already imposed the 3rd penny sales tax, including Tea, Worthing, Beresford, Harrisburg and Canton.

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Board approves team based planning time for teachers

Superintendent Robert Mayer thanked the board for their support throughout the years during Monday night’s regular meeting of the Lennox School Board. This week was board member appreciation week. The board members also received several letters of thanks from area students.
In other business, business manager Angela Arlt gave a superintendent search update. As of January 7 the district has had six applicants for the position. Of those six, four are in-state and three have superintendent experience. Application deadline is set for Jan. 31. The date set to determine the finalist has been switched from Feb. 12 to Feb. 10, prior to the school board meeting. 
The board accepted the resignation Pat Harrington, custodian, effective immediately. 
A date was set for the school board election which will be held Apr. 8, 2014. There will be three positions open as Mary Peters, Sandy Poppenga, and Dawn Wolf’s terms will all be up. Applications to run for school board can be picked up on Jan. 31 and must be returned by Feb. 28. 
The focus of the board then shifted to a presentation about team based planning time. 

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