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Generating revenue — What are sources of Jefferson City’s funds?

The News Tribune sat down with Jefferson City officials to discuss the city’s existing revenues and whether, after several years of tight budgets, the city needs to look at increasing its revenues.

Jefferson City Parks, SOMO collaboration abandoned

Chamber to submit proposal to have Training for Life Campus on unidentified 12 acres

A potential collaboration between the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission and Special Olympics Missouri has come to a halt before it ever really began.

Next step for potential downtown CID

A survey for all downtown property owners and businesses is out today and likely will decide whether Jefferson City’s downtown will look to start a new taxing district to help cover costs of beautification and maintenance.

Open house for downtown business, property owners will test chances for CID

Jefferson City’s downtown is considering a new taxing district to help cover costs of beautification and maintenance, but only if the support exists among businesses and property owners in the district.

2015 draft budget for Jefferson City places priority on staffing levels

The Jefferson City budget committee has concluded its work and put its stamp of approval on the draft 2015 budget, but not without making several changes to what had been proposed by Mayor Eric Struemph.

Committee approves draft of 2015 Jefferson City budget

Final approval expected at Oct. 20 City Council meeting

After more than one month of discussions, the Budget Committee has put its stamp of approval on the draft 2015 budget for Jefferson City.

Commission opts to keep existing street parking on Creek Trail Drive

Employees and customers of businesses on Creek Trail Drive will be able to continue using on-street parking after several property and business owners voiced objections to a proposal to strip that ability.

ParksRec, Lincoln continue discussions for shared facility

The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission is continuing its discussions with Lincoln University on a potential collaboration for a multipurpose building.

City owns an aging vehicle fleet

Jefferson City officials seeking long-range plan for vehicle, equipment replacement

Jefferson City officials likely will have to consider how to address an aging fleet of vehicles, and some officials may be looking for a more global approach in addressing the issue.

Life, Liberty and Property Summit encourages people to act

Getting involved in politics

Get involved. It’s a message heard often by those hoping to affect change, and it was heard again at the Life, Liberty and Property Summit held Saturday at the DoubleTree hotel in Jefferson City.

JC Council to consider new financial policies

How much should be kept in reserves?

New financial policies will soon be introduced to the Jefferson City Council for consideration, but most discussion is likely to center around the question of how much should be kept in reserve funds.

Public hearing on city budget set for Monday

The Jefferson City Council is inviting public comment on the draft 2015 budget at its regular council meeting Monday.

New sculpture celebrates family in Jefferson City

If you regularly drive through the roundabout at Stadium Boulevard and Hyde Park Road, you soon may notice a new feature — a life-sized sculpture.

Council nearing end of budget discussions

After nearly one month of meetings, the Jefferson City Council is starting to wind down its budget discussions.

Betts appointed director of finance, IT

The Jefferson City Council approved the appointment of Bill Betts as the director of finance and information technology Monday, effectively merging the two departments he oversees.

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Contract talks expected to resurrect some trash service sentiments

Jefferson City is in the process of preparing a scope of services for the city’s next solid waste services, or trash, contract, but whether anything will change after the six-year contract with Allied Waste Services ends likely will depend on whether any other company submits a bid.

Many skirt Jefferson City's mandatory trash service

City attorney: ‘It’s not a foolproof system’

It’s been nearly five years since Jefferson City enacted an ordinance making trash service mandatory for all residents, but not all residents have embraced the requirement.

City seeks to merge finance, IT departments

Move would save $100,000 in 2015 fiscal year

The Jefferson City Council is expected to decide Monday whether to merge two departments and fill the last high-level vacancy at City Hall.

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Jefferson City Council to consider new finance director

The Jefferson City Council will hold a special meeting Monday to consider a recommendation for filling the city’s vacant finance director position.

JC Council continues budget discussions

The Jefferson City Council reviewed 10 department budgets in less than three hours Thursday night, making several proposed changes to the mayor’s draft 2015 budget.

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Angiepalooza aims to celebrate life

Angiepalooza’s second annual street party is set for 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Jefferson City.

Fare increase considered for Jefferson City transit

Jefferson City transit riders may face a potential fare increase in the next fiscal year.

Jefferson City seeks options to better enforce code

Officials consider daily tickets and heftier fines

Jefferson City is looking at how to best enforce city code, and officials are hoping to give staff all the tools they need.

Jefferson City fire, police talk staffing levels

Council considers funding additional public safety positions in 2015 budget

Jefferson City Council members will look for ways to fund two additional public safety positions, based on the recommendations of the department chiefs.

Prices, compost discussed at solid waste open house

Several residents voiced concerns about trash prices and compost possibilities at Jefferson City’s second open house on solid waste services.

Council throws support behind LU collaboration

The Jefferson City Council is ready to throw its full support behind the possibility of a collaboration between Lincoln University and the city’s Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department on a proposed multipurpose building.

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Finding a passion in planning

It’s been 20 years since Janice McMillan began working at Jefferson City Hall and her love for the job has yet to dwindle.

Draft city budget cuts most vacant jobs

Jefferson City Council to face discussion on what staffing is needed

Jefferson City’s annual budget process is officially underway, and the City Council likely will face some discussion on what positions are needed at City Hall.

City projects $1 million surplus for 2014

Though city sales tax receipts have fallen behind projections this month, Jefferson City is now projecting an end-of-the-year surplus of just under $1 million.

Commissioners deny request to lower speed limit

A group of residents near South Country Club Drive tried to lower the speed limit on a section of the road, but the request was denied at a commission meeting Wednesday morning.

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Local couple visits National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum

Remembering 9/11

Barb Kalberloh and her husband were on an international cruise 13 years ago when disaster struck.

Commission authorizes staff to pursue LU collaboration

The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission officially authorized department staff to pursue a potential collaboration with Lincoln University on a proposed multipurpose building.

Mayor unveils 2015 budget with pay hike, holiday

The draft budget for Jefferson City’s 2015 fiscal year was unveiled Monday and includes both a pay increase for city employees and an additional city holiday.

City’s draft budget shows $29.5M in 2015 revenue

The 2015 draft budget includes a small increase in revenues from the last fiscal year, but the Jefferson City mayor says it’s still a tight budget.

Jefferson City, Lincoln University look at improving relationship

‘We have to be inseparable’

As Jefferson City and Lincoln University officials look into a potential collaboration for a multipurpose building, leaders of both organizations say the discussions are a sign of a continually improving relationship between the university and the community.

New fire chief eligible for any 2015 raises

Jefferson City’s new fire chief will be eligible for any raises authorized for the 2015 fiscal year and may receive a city vehicle if, and when, he moves inside city limits.

Proposal combines multipurpose, conference center, Special Olympics campus

Alternate couples multipurpose with LU recreation facility

Jefferson City officials are exploring two alternate proposals for collaboration on a multipurpose building and other options may still be examined.

Council approves Schofield as fire chief

The Jefferson City Council has approved the promotion of Capt. Matt Schofield to Jefferson City fire chief.

Council to hear presentations on multipurpose building tonight

The Jefferson City Council will hear two presentations on the Parks and Recreation Commission’s multipurpose building project tonight.

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Thursday Night Live returns for fall series

Thursday Night Live kicks off its fall series this week, starting with Soup Stock and launching an “artslive” weekend of events in downtown Jefferson City.

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Central Missouri Community Action to purchase JC cafe

‘A social enterprise’

Cafe Via Roma will operate under new ownership later this fall, bringing a new work environment and model to the Jefferson City business.

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MSP demolition nears completion

More than 20 structures deemed blighted have been demolished on the site of the old Missouri State Penitentiary.

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City, county discuss Stadium Drive project

Jefferson City and Cole County officials are planning the next big project for the area, designed to address traffic congestion at U.S. 54 and Stadium Boulevard.

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State completes repair work at MSP

After months of work, repairs at the old Missouri State Penitentiary are complete, state and city officials announced Tuesday.

Jefferson City Council sets property tax rate

The Jefferson City Council set the property tax rate for the next year, leaving it unchanged.

Jefferson City sales taxes come in above projections

Second consecutive month boosts hopes for surplus

With another month of city sales taxes exceeding expectations, Jefferson City is now projecting an end-of-the-year surplus of just under $1 million.

Parks, Rec discusses multipurpose collaborations

The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission is considering ways to ease the financial burden of constructing a multipurpose building, looking at both collaborations and sponsorships.

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Dunklin-Lafayette intersection to reopen this week

After more than two months, the Dunklin and Lafayette intersection is expected to reopen by the end of this week.

Why did transportation sales tax fail?

Where and why did the Missouri transportation sales tax, or Amendment 7, fail?

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Rejection of transportation sales tax effects cities, counties

Amendment 7: What's next?

With the failure of Constitutional Amendment 7, known as the transportation sales tax, comes the loss of $40 million worth of projects that would have come to Cole County and funds that would have gone to both county and city governments.