IOWA- Des Moines, suburbs overwhelmingly approve sales tax increase

After failing in three previous elections, voters in Des Moines and five other cities in Polk County on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a 1-cent sales tax increase.

More than 70 percent of Des Moines voters backed the increase, according to unofficial results. And it easily passed in Alleman, Altoona, Pleasant Hill, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights.

The 1-cent sales tax is expected to generate $48.4 million annually that Des Moines and other cities will use to tamp down property taxes and pay for various civic projects.

Des Moines Register