The Sales Tax
question on April 7, 2015 passed (57% yes; 43% no).With that passage, a
0.75 % sales tax was added to the city's sales tax rate October 1, 2015.
It will last not more than 5 years. The proceeds will go towards
constructing a new street shop, new restrooms in Central Park, and
purchasing a new ladder truck. Check here for updates as progress on
these community improvements are made.
Pierce Manufacturing Company finished the City's
new ladder truck in May and it has been part of the Andover Fire
Department's Fleet since June. Thank YOU Andover residents for agreeing
to purchase this needed piece of equipment in 2015!
Delivered June 2016!
The new street shop!
The new 12,505 square foot Street shop which includes four work bays and an indoor wash bay, Office space, gender-specific locker rooms, a break/meeting room and ample storage area, opened in November. The architects on the project were GLMV and the contractor was Bauer & Son Construction.
Thank you residents for a great new facility!
Opened in July 2016!
Central Park Restrooms
Although the picture with barricades may cause you
to think they are still under construction, the restrooms in Central
Park were completed in July 2016! The barricades will stick around a bit
longer while some work on the doors is completed but the restrooms are
open for public use! Thank you Andover for voting to add another GREAT
amenity to YOUR Central Park!
We Heard You
Andover City Council and staff members are devoted to ensuring a bright future for our community. In reviewing the 2015 capital improvement budget, the Council decided the time had come to ask the citizenry for a sales tax increase. A question for a 1 cent sales tax was on the November 2014 ballot and was defeated by 221 votes.
Some of the feedback received by Council members and staff included a disapproval for a sales tax without a sunset date. Additionally some did not care for a sales tax for future, unknown capital improvement projects. Taking that feedback into consideration, the City Council went back to the drawing board and came to a consensus on the three most important needs of the community. Those items are a fire department ladder truck, restrooms for Central Park and a Street Maintenance Shop. To fund these important projects, the City Council is putting a 3/4 of a cent sales tax question on the 4/7/15 ballot for Andover residents. This sales tax will sunset in five years or when enough revenue is collected for the three projects, whichever comes first.