Transform Jefferson City
Dear Editor: To opponents of Transformation — congratulations on sending your message that the Transformation sales tax was not what you had in mind for progress.
Now that the Transformation Tax issue has been defeated, the Chamber of Commerce has a golden opportunity to demonstrate the depth of its convictions.
It’s likely that when you read this, the people of Jefferson City will have spoken on the issue of Transformation.
Voters in Jefferson City have defeated the Transform Jeff City half-cent sales tax for economic development.
On Feb. 7, we have the opportunity to move our community forward.
As your mayor, I would like to encourage you to vote yes for Transformation on Feb. 7.
The Transformations tax will unfairly support merchants downtown at the expense of stores elsewhere in the city. More citizens shop on the western and eastern sides of the Jefferson City, but all of the beautification money would be spent promoting downtown.
The Transformation project has two main things wrong with it.
The past two years have been focused on a single goal: exploring the Transformation projects to determine whether our community is ready to move forward in a dramatic way.
On Jan. 18 a story ran in the News Tribune covering the school board meeting the night prior.
As one of many business owners in our community, my faith in the future of Jefferson City has kept me investing locally in equipment, inventory and personnel.
The Transformation project can be a win/ win for Central Missouri.
I grew up and took a lot of pride in my hometown, St. Louis.
Less than two weeks into my first legislative session in 1991, I was invited to the second floor in the Capitol for discussion with staff from Gov. Ashcroft’s office regarding the archaic Missouri State Penitentiary.
As St. Mary’s Health Center prepares to embark on the largest construction project Jefferson City has ever seen, we’re also quite mindful of the facility we’re leaving behind on the bluff overlooking downtown.