Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) Referendum
On November 2, 2021, residents in unincorporated Linn County, as well as residents of Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, Fairfax, Marion, Robins, and the portion of Walford located in Linn County will vote on whether or not to extend the one percent local option sales tax (LOST) for 10 years when it expires in 2024. Each jurisdiction has identified specific uses for the local option sales tax and would receive its own share of funding if the measure passes. These identified uses will be listed on the ballot. Linn County government would receive an estimated $6 million a year if the extension passes countywide. The contiguous cities in the Cedar Rapids metro area will vote as one, and a simple majority is required for the measure to pass. The vote in unincorporated Linn County is independent of the metro block. Because of this, there are four potential outcomes of the vote. Learn more about the LOST ballot measure on Linn County’s website.