March 3, 2019
********* For Immediate Release *********
NAACP Des Moines Branch Announces Support for Des Moines Local Option Sales Tax Increase
The NAACP Des Moines Branch supports the Des Moines Local Option Sales and Service Tax Increase that will go to a vote this Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
Following the NAACP Des Moines Branch One Cent Sales Tax Informational meeting on February 7, 2019, the branch reached agreement that increasing the sales tax in Des Moines would be beneficial to its residents. The funds will go towards street improvements, neighborhood improvements, public safety, flood prevention, and property tax relief; all things we know this city needs.
NAACP Des Moines Branch President Kameron Middlebrooks said, “Due to sales tax not being applied to things such as groceries, gas, and prescription drugs the NAACP Des Moines branch feels that this will bring revenue into the city responsibly. After hearing that the daily necessity items would not be taxed and that the Des Moines City Council commits to a separate audit surrounding these dollars, we as a branch believe that our City Council is taking the necessary steps to be transparent.” Middlebrooks also said, “We plan to hold our elected officials accountable by attending the audit meetings and asking questions.”
The mission of the Des Moines Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination in all areas of our lives here in the Des Moines Metro. The vision of the Des Moines Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race in the Des Moines Metro.