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'Transformation' sales tax campaign launched

'Transformation' sales tax campaign launched

December 14th, 2011 in News

Steve Houser explains aspects of a proposed conference center to Jefferson City School Board member Dennis Nickelson, second right, and Trey Propes, of Candlewood Suites, during an open house Tuesday to mark the beginning of a campaign to convince city voters to approve a half-cent sales tax.

Photo by Kelley McCall

With the Feb. 7 election only eight weeks away, the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce's "Transformation Jefferson City" campaign shifted into a higher gear Tuesday.

"We're here today to kick off the final phase of the campaign, as we try to inform the voters of Jefferson City how important this issue is," co-chairman Phil Freeman told reporters and a group of supporters at the campaign's new headquarters, 718 E. Capitol Ave.

Supporters want Jefferson City voters to approve a half-cent sales tax increase for a 10-year period, which is predicted to raise more than $41 million to complete a list of 30 projects around the city.

Correction: The "Transformation Jefferson City" campaign office is at 718 E. Capitol Ave. The address was reported incorrectly in the original version of this story.