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The one-cent Local Option Sales & Services Tax takes effect in the Polk County portion of Urbandale on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. The penny sales tax increase, approved by voters in August 2019, will generate roughly $6 million annually for property tax relief and quality of life projects.
In Urbandale, the City Council has determined that at least 50% of the LOSST revenue will be used for property tax relief and the rest of the funds will be used for infrastructure and quality of life projects like improvements to streets, storm sewers, parks, trails, public facilities, and equipment. Funds could also be used for public safety, economic development, and any other lawful purpose determined by the City Council.
Anyone (residents or visitors) purchasing taxable goods or services in Urbandale will pay the local option sales tax. Urbandale residents are already paying the one-cent tax when shopping and dining in other neighboring communities such as Des Moines, West Des Moines, and Waukee. The extra one-cent tax will only be collected on items that are currently subject to sales tax. Basic essentials like most groceries, prescription drugs, vehicles, gasoline, and professional services like medical or legal services are not subject to the sales tax.