Section 106-473; Ord. 18651; Calling a special election in the City of Columbia, Missouri, to be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2005


Ordinance No.            18651                      Council Bill No.            B 293-05 A           


AN ORDINANCE

calling a special election in the City of Columbia, Missouri, to be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2005, on two propositions to extend the one-eighth of one percent local parks sales tax, two propositions to extend the one-fourth of one percent capital improvement sales tax, a proposition to impose an additional one-eighth of one percent capital improvement sales tax, and a proposition to increase the development charge for arterial and collector street construction; directing notification of the election authority; describing the form of the notice of election; and fixing the time when this ordinance shall become effective.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, AS FOLLOWS:

    SECTION 1.  A special election is hereby ordered to be held in the City of Columbia, Missouri, on Tuesday, November 8, 2005, on the following questions:

PROPOSITION ONE
SALES TAX EXTENSION FOR PARKS

Shall the municipality of Columbia, Missouri impose a sales tax of one-eighth of one percent, for five years, for the purpose of providing funding for local parks for the municipality?  

The current one-fourth of one percent local parks sales tax is scheduled to be reduced to one-eighth of one percent on March 31, 2006.  Approval of this proposition would keep the local parks sales tax rate at one-fourth of one percent for an additional five years.

The City intends to use this sales tax to fund projects in the City’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan including renovations and improvements to existing parks, acquisition and development of neighborhood parks and development of additional trails and greenbelts.


PROPOSITION TWO
SALES TAX EXTENSION FOR PARKS

Shall the municipality of Columbia, Missouri impose a sales tax of one-eighth of one percent, for two years, for the purpose of providing funding for local parks for the municipality?  

The current one-fourth of one percent local parks sales tax is scheduled to be reduced to one-eighth of one percent on March 31, 2006.  Approval of this proposition would keep the local parks sales tax rate at one-fourth of one percent for an additional two years.

The City intends to use this sales tax to fund an ice skating facility and a multi-use recreational facility that would include a farmers’ market.

PROPOSITION THREE
SALES TAX EXTENSION FOR PUBLIC SAFETY

Shall the municipality of Columbia, Missouri impose a sales tax of one-fourth of one percent, for a period of three years, for the purpose of funding capital improvements which may include the retirement of debt under previously authorized bonded indebtedness?*

This sales tax would continue the existing capital improvements sales tax scheduled to expire on December 31, 2005.  The City intends to use this sales tax to fund capital projects for the Fire Department (replace older fire trucks and other equipment; build and equip new stations) and Police Department (construct training facility) and to replace emergency storm warning sirens.

*This language is required by state law.  The City does not intend to use sales tax funds to retire debt under previously authorized bonded indebtedness.

PROPOSITION FOUR
SALES TAX EXTENSION FOR STREETS AND SIDEWALKS

Shall the municipality of Columbia, Missouri impose a sales tax of one-fourth of one percent, for a period of seven years, for the purpose of funding capital improvements which may include the retirement of debt under previously authorized bonded indebtedness?*

This sales tax would continue the existing capital improvements sales tax scheduled to expire on December 31, 2005.  The City intends to use this sales tax to improve major city streets to relieve traffic congestion, and sidewalk improvements to provide safe routes to schools and improve accessibility in the downtown area for persons with disabilities.

*This language is required by state law.  The City does not intend to use sales tax funds to retire debt under previously authorized bonded indebtedness.

PROPOSITION FIVE
ADDITIONAL SALES TAX FOR STREETS AND SIDEWALKS

Shall the municipality of Columbia, Missouri impose a sales tax of one-eighth of one percent, for a period of ten years, for the purpose of funding capital improvements which may include the retirement of debt under previously authorized bonded indebtedness?*

This sales tax would be in addition to the existing capital improvement sales tax.  The City intends to use this sales tax to fund street and sidewalk projects to improve major city streets to relieve traffic congestion, and sidewalk improvements to provide safe routes to schools and improve accessibility in the downtown area for persons with disabilities.

*This language is required by state law.  The City does not intend to use sales tax funds to retire debt under previously authorized bonded indebtedness.

PROPOSITION SIX
DEVELOPMENT CHARGE INCREASE

Shall the City of Columbia, Missouri increase the development charge for arterial and collector street construction from ten cents to fifty cents per square foot of total floor area of new construction?  The increase would be phased in over five years.

    SECTION 2.  The City Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to notify the Clerk of the County Commission of Boone County, Missouri, of the adoption of this ordinance no later than 5 o'clock p.m. on August 30, 2005, and to include in the notification all of the terms and provisions required by Chapter 115, RSMo. 1994, as amended.

    SECTION 3.  The form of the notice of election shall be substantially as set forth on "Exhibit A" attached hereto and made a part hereof as fully as if set forth herein verbatim.

    SECTION 4.  The election shall be held and conducted, and the results thereof canvassed and returned, in all respects in accordance with the laws of the State of Missouri and the Charter and Ordinances of the City of Columbia, Missouri.

    SECTION 5.  This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage.

    PASSED this 15th day of August, 2005.