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Posted on Mar 4, 2016

City’s 2016 sales tax revenues off to good start

The city of Quincy is off to a hearty start this year, as far as sales tax revenues are concerned.
The city budgeted $2 million in sales tax revenues this year. In only the first two months of the year, those revenues have reached $1.3 million.
“So we’re probably going to make it (to $2 million),” Mayor Jim Hemberry said at the city council meeting.
Hemberry suspects that the sales tax revenues will be closer to $4 million by the end of the year.
The spike in sales tax revenues is being driven by ongoing construction and expansions at several data centers in Quincy. The state Department of Revenue shows that $5 million in sales and use tax revenues were distributed to the city last year. That’s a jump of nearly $3 million since 2011.
In other city business:
— The city council took steps to begin seeking a solution to the traffic congestion at Highway 28 and 13th Avenue. The council is seeking professional engineering services that will begin to study and then determine how that intersection should be managed, with a traffic light or with a roundabout.
The city has budgeted $350,000 for the study of that intersection. When a design is completed, it will be used to potentially attract a state grant.
— People can put out their green waste cans for garbage collection beginning Monday. Yard waste collection services are every Monday into the fall.
Beginning March 15, the Quincy Compost Facility also is open 10:15 am. to 1:45 p.m. and 3:15 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.


— By Jill FitzSimmons,