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Peru mayoral candidates share ideas for Peru during forum

Posted by wlpo on March 26, 2013

Recent street and infrastructure projects in Peru are being paid for in part with a half-cent sales tax increase that was narrowly approved by the city council in August 2011.

Jim Giordano, a candidate for mayor, says he thinks the tax is valid.  During the Newstribune and AM 1220 WLPO’s Candidates’ Forum Tuesday night Giordano says the tax could stay in place but he would want to give a definitive date for when they would take it off.

Mayor Scott Harl is campaigning to keep his seat.  He says the sales tax was set up to be reviewed in five years but he can’t see it being ended.

Mike Hart says he would keep the sales tax because he thinks it’s useful for completing infrastructure projects like roads and sewer lines.  He would also like to use the money to hire a city engineer.

Former Mayor Don Baker is trying to get his old job back.  He says he would work with the city council to repeal the tax.

You can listen to a podcast of the forum by visiting the AM 1220 WLPO news page.

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