The key to weathering a recession is a diverse economy. Unfortunately this area does not have one. The chamber, city of jefferson and Cole county have been anti-business for years. They march to the goose step of State Government. Do not bring in any jobs for competition to the state, unless they are minimum wage unskilled labor jobs. Thus with the state laying off, and providing no raises for years, the economy here continues to decline because there is nothing else here. Look at how sales tax revenues continue to decline, people (young professionals) move out of the area. This article basically points to how the chamber does nothing and only a figure head. Why have a chamber when the powers in State, local and city government (and other chamber members) have historically chased them away. No business wants to move here because of the history established by these institutions.
The purpose of school is education. NOT sports. The coming spike in students is from age 5 to 8 years of age. The recent transformation sales tax had as one their reasons was to retain young professionals, and have them quit leaving the area. This spike in children would correlate to the majority of their parents being 25 to 35 years old. Aren't these in the young professional age range? Who do we believe now? Chamber of Commerce says these people are leaving, School Board says there is a spike!!! First have these two groups get their story's straight. The high school should have been broken into multiples years ago, the smaller the school, the better for education. Let's think about the kids Not Jay Spirit.
Herekitty - This election was about the city council for years NOT funding the fire department properly, instead channelling money to CVB. A job of he city council is to protect the citizens of the city, instead want a convention center. They wanted the tax passed to move more out of general revenue to support more special projects. The solution to a problem is NOT more taxes, its properly using the tax money, which the City Council has NOT done for years.
This is no tax reduction, only a tax increase. The current property tax supports the firemen's retirement fund. The sales tax brings in tremendously more money than the property tax, that is why the proposal has changed. The sales tax proposal will be used in place of general revenue. Jefferson City has stated they have a budget problem and may need cutbacks. The City council wants to move ALL fire department budgets to be supported by this sales tax, in addition, money could go the police department and EMS. Thus with The city of jefferson failing to properly the fire department in the past, this is a new way to shift money around. They City council wants more than Jefferson City residents to support the fire department now, and allow them to shift money now allocated to the fire department to other pet projects, (Convention center). The increase in sales tax will eventually reach the point that it will be cheaper for people to shop elsewhere. (Aren't the local merchants complaining now?). If you look at local sales tax rates, Jefferson City is starting to rise to the top in rates. Good budgetary policy would go a lot further than supporting everything with its own sales tax. If this passes, when its up for renewal in fifteen years, imagine the scare tactics the city would use to get it approved.
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