Hillsboro EDC begins talks on half-cent city sales tax

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Posted: Friday, July 31, 2020 6:33 am | Updated: 7:58 am, Fri Jul 31, 2020.

Cash-strapped from an ongoing downturn in charitable gaming, the Hillsboro Economic Development Corp. may ask taxpayers to help fund economic development in the city.

HEDC board member Gary Nysveen on Monday night suggested HEDC ask voters for a half-cent city sales tax to fund business growth and retention in Hillsboro.

“I just don’t see us surviving on gaming alone,” Nysveen told board members.

HEDC President Paula Suda said other cities in Traill County have sales taxes specifically tied to supporting economic development.

Hatton’s half-percent sales tax generates $20,000 to $30,000 a year while a similar tax in Mayville pulled in $42,000 in 2018, according to Suda.

HEDC typically receives $10,000 annually from the Hillsboro City Commission to pay for advertising and marketing.

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