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ELECTION RESULTS 11-3-09 LMS

Residents of Salmon have voted into law a four percent Option Tax and have reinstated Jim Baker, Leo Marshall and Jim Kluesner as City Councilmen.

The hotly debated Option Tax ordinance needed a 60 percent vote to be passed. It received 60.48 percent of the vote with 450 in favor and 294 opposed. The tax will be added to the cost of overnight lodging charges at local hospitality facilities. By ordinance it will be used for modernization, maintenance and improvements to the Salmon Valley Community Pool and for city promotion, visitor information, special events, economic growth, marketing, advertising and recreational opportunities. The Option Tax ordinance just approved will be in effect for ten years.

Each of the three councilmen was elected to a four year term. The vote count in a four way race for the three council seats was 566 for Jim Baker, 560 for Leo Marshall, 414 for Jim Kluesner and 326 for Stan Davis.

Terms for the three incumbents will begin in January of 2010. The Option Tax will start being collected in February of 2010 and placed in an account designated for the purposes stated in the ordinance.

The vote count will become official after the City Council canvasses the election results. The canvassing is scheduled to take place at the November 4th City Council meeting.


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