Oct 16, 2009 7:20 PM by Jon Carrere

Sales Tax Vote in Grand Coteau Raises Concern

Grand Coteau residents take to the polls Saturday to decide whether to increase local sales tax.
Tom Colley and his wife co-own Days Gone By, a home decor shop in Grand Coteau.

Colley says he wouldn't mind if people in town voted yes to raise local sales tax by one cent, considering where the money could go.

"Ifeel like they're kind of low and police and fire and these things i think need to be adressed," says Colley

But he says the possible distribution of the money, in his opinion, is a problem.

Cooley says he's heard that only a small percentage of the tax would go to police and fire, the rest to the general fund.

Colley says "everybody has their opinion about the general fund..generally not favorable."

Down the street at an antique specialty store Petite Market, owner Connie St. Romaie has the same reserves.

"There's always a doubt as to if the politicians are going to spend it in the right place that they say they are," says St. Romaie.

But unlike her counterpart Tom Colley up the street, she thinks any increase in sales tax is a bad idea.

Mayor Gale Lark was not available for comment.


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