Three people favoring and three opposing an extended 1 percent local-option sales tax will be panelists in a public forum on the vote Thursday night, co-sponsored by The Gazette, KCRG-TV9 and ImpactCR.
Panel members who favor the extension will be Gary Ficken, Cedar Rapids LOST Oversight Committee chairman and a business owner who took flood damage; Jim Lane, whose Cedar Rapids home was flooded; and Mayor Ron Corbett.
Panelists who oppose the extension will be Harold Barnes, a Marion businessman and Iowa Conservative Union member; Jim Conklin, a We Can Do Better CR member who lives in Marion and works in Cedar Rapids; and Greg Vail, whose Cedar Rapids home was flooded.
"Decision Time: A Community Conversation on the May 3 LOST Vote" will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at Harrison Elementary School, 1310 11th St. NW. It will be broadcast live on KCRG 9.2 and KCRG.com and liveblogged on our sales tax special report page.[gallery columns="2"]