If you shop in Columbus, you'll soon have a few more pennies to jingle in our pockets.
Effective Sept. 30, the city's 1999 special purpose local option sales tax for a series of projects will end with the collection of $255.4 million. Pam Hodge, director of finance for the Consolidated Government, made the announcement at Tuesday's Columbus Council meeting. She said businesses will be notified that the sales tax will go from 7 percent to 6 percent on Oct. 1.
The sales tax was used to design new fire stations, buy more than 50 public safety vehicles, purchase a locator systems for police vehicles, redesign and renovate first nine holes of 36 at Bull Creek Golf Course, a new fire truck, study of flood basin as part of $30 million stormwater and flood abatement project, seek bids for three new Olympic-size pools, design for a new animal shelter and Columbus Convention & Trade Center expansion, pay off debts, pay for land acquired for a new library and complete road projects.