Section 101-571 Res. 213-00; Adopting Guidelines for Parks and Recreation Department Funding and for the Expenditure of Local Parks Sales Tax Revenue


Council Bill No.          R 213-00          

A RESOLUTION

adopting guidelines for Parks and Recreation Department funding and for the expenditure of local parks sales tax revenue.
    
    WHEREAS, Proposition 1 on the City’s November 7, 2000 ballot, if approved  by the voters of Columbia, would authorize the City Council to impose a sales tax of one-fourth of one percent for five years and one-eighth of one percent thereafter; and

    WHEREAS, Proposition 1 would commit the City to purchase, improve and manage the Stephens Lake property; and

    WHEREAS, the local park sales tax would provide funds in excess of the amount required to purchase, improve and manage the Stephens Lake property; and

    WHEREAS, the City Council recognizes that it cannot bind itself or future Councils on matters of legislative discretion in the budgeting and expenditure of public funds; and

    WHEREAS, the City Council further recognizes that the financial condition and the needs of the City are subject to unanticipated change; and

    WHEREAS, the City Council, nevertheless, wishes to advise the voters of Columbia of its intentions regarding funding of the Parks and Recreation Department and the expenditure of local parks sales tax revenue.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, AS FOLLOWS:

    SECTION 1.  Subject to voter approval of Proposition 1 on the November 7, 2000 ballot and the passage of an ordinance imposing the local parks sales tax, the City Council adopts the following guidelines for funding the Parks and Recreation Department and for expending local parks sales tax revenue:

    a.    FY 2001 General fund budgeted operating expenditures for the Parks and Recreation Department would serve as a base line for future budgets.
    b.    Revenue from the local parks sales tax would be used to purchase, improve and manage the Stephens Lake property.
    c.    Remaining local parks sales tax revenue would be used to fund park operations and to continue implementation of the 1994 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan and any future needs identified by the City Council.

    ADOPTED this 16th day of October, 2000.