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April 4, 2014

Mayor sees Baker hopes as ‘last hoorah’

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“[Mineral Wells City Manager] Lance [Howerton] and I have said, 'We can absorb this,'” Allen said. “Plus our sales taxes are already growing.”

Last year, Mineral Wells had nearly $250 million in taxable sales, Allen said. He projected if Mineral Wells accrued $275 million per year in sales, it would levy the $300,000. Allen believes this will happen in time.

If the referendum passes, Mineral Wells City Council will assign an Economic Development Corporation to make decisions on how the money is spent according to the law, Allen said. The council will ultimately approve any expenditures.

“The general fund is not obligated to pay the bonds,” Allen said. “Only 4B money is obligated to pay the bonds.”

This will also be the last resource the restoration team will draw from, Allen said, which could lead to better rates on bonds over time as the reallocated funds have time to build.

April 28 marks the beginning of early voting, with May 10 being the official day to cast ballots on the 4B tax issue.

“For years, I have said – from my perspective – the Baker Hotel is an anchor holding us to the past,” Allen said. “If we can do this project, she [will] become a great liner leading us to the future.”

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