I have read with interest the opinions of those on both sides of the Transformation tax issue. Clearly, taxes are always a controversial topic but their discussion becomes particularly polarizing during difficult economic times.
The features that ran in the Sunday papers the past few weeks regarding the Transformation sales tax have been very interesting and well done.
A yes vote on Feb. 7 is the next step in the essential process of transforming Jefferson City into a community prepared to meet its future.
I appreciate all the feedback from the concerned citizens about this proposed tax.
I support Transformation.
As someone who grew up in Jefferson City, graduated from Jefferson City High School and the University of Missouri, and who now lives in Columbia and commutes to Jefferson City to work as a professional engineer, I urge residents of Jefferson City to vote yes to the Transform initiative.
Too much at stake. Too much can go wrong. Too many projects, much less a conference center.
Voting yes on Feb. 7 makes sense. I am not an economist, a business owner, or strategist.
As a native of Jefferson City and a young professional in our community I feel it is my duty to express my support for Transformation.
While I live in the county, I work and spend most of my time in Jefferson City. I’ve participated in the process the last 18 months for one reason; I thought I owed it to my community.
We have an opportunity to make a long-term investment in the quality of lives and the future of our community by voting for the half-cent sales tax.
I grew up here in the Jefferson City area; left for college and returned “home.” Most of my friends stayed away from coming back to the area.
News Tribune editorial
Transformation represents a culmination. The economic development initiative to be decided Tuesday by Jefferson City voters collects a range of projects that have languished for years on our community’s “to-do” list.
Combined cost: $14.475 million
If passed, Transformation would begin nine projects in the Old Town and Downtown areas, aimed at improving streets and pedestrian walkways, as well as housing, parking and development.
Projects can fall into five project areas
Transformation, now known as the Transform Jeff City campaign, is the economic development strategic plan put forward by the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce that proposes a 10-year half-cent economic development sales tax, which is being sponsored by the city and is on the Feb. 7 ballot.