Section 101-468 Ord. 16586; Amending the Local Parks Sales Tax Ballot Language (See Ordinance No. 16564)

Ordinance No.            16586              Council Bill No.           B 311-00            


amending the local parks sales tax ballot language in Ordinance No. 016564 which calls a special election to be held on November 7, 2000; declaring an emergency; and fixing the time when this ordinance shall become effective.


    SECTION 1.  The ballot language set forth in Section One and Exhibit A of Ordinance No. 016564 is amended to read as follows:

Shall the municipality of Columbia, Missouri, impose a sales tax of one-fourth of one percent for five years and one-eighth of one percent thereafter, for the purpose of providing funding for local parks for the municipality, in order to purchase, improve and manage parks, trails and natural lands for water quality, wildlife, tree preservation, and recreation purposes?  All expenditures will be subject to an annual public audit.  Revenue from this tax would be used to purchase, improve and manage the Stephens Lake property and for other park purposes.

    SECTION 2.  It is found and declared by the City Council that an emergency exists as provided for in Section 15 of the Home Rule Charter for the City of Columbia, Missouri, in that the Council wishes to make a minor change in the ballot language of the local parks sales tax issue placed on the November 7, 2000, ballot by Ordinance No. 016564 and to officially notify the election authority of this change as soon as possible so as not to incur additional costs in printing the ballots.  The City Council further finds that Section 15 of the Home Rule Charter specifically allows an ordinance calling an election or providing for the submission of a proposal to the people to be passed as an emergency measure.

    SECTION 3.  This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage.

    PASSED this 5th day of September, 2000.