The people voted to dedicate those funds to a conference center.
Assertions without knowledge is deliberately specious. That happens a lot on this forum.
Simply call the city and ask the question, and they'll provide the information.
The funds from the Conference Center tax cannot be spent elsewhere. Those are dedicated funds--just like the Parks and Recreation tax.
Hummm. How do you know it's a token unless you know the amount?
There is no need to shout.
The sidewalks were funded by both the city and property owners.
The downtown association pays for snow removal.
Rob, if you're looking back to Sedalia trying to become the Capital (in the 1870s!) or traffic lights on Hwy 50 (1950s!)--few, if any, of those people are still here on earth. I think most people today--including people in leadership positions--understand growth is not just desirable, it's absolutely necessary.
I'm all for learning from past failures, but let's not dwell on them so much we miss current opportunities. In my opinion, if we could be more about "what can I do to help now" and less about "how can I continuously remind everyone just how messed up we are", we'd be better off.
It's not all wine and roses in Columbia. IBM, for one, is having a tough time finding people with the skill set they want.
We need those STEM jobs, but the only way we have a chance at those jobs is to be a place in which individuals who have those skills want to live. I think we're getting better--new apartments downtown, the redeveloped Village Square (on the radio this morning), more entertainment options like Thursday Night Live, the greenway trails and cool stuff like the barge rides are helping.
One thing is certain: constant negativity does not help.
1) There is no support for changing the law at the state level. The 13 communities which currently have a gaming license will very strongly defend the current situation. The bill to change the law would no chance of getting out of committee. No amount of "thinking big" will change this fact. Ask any legislator.
2) Our community has twice rejected gaming. I see many here posting sentiments like "why don't our elected officials listen to the people?". Well, they are. Those who see benefits in gaming have brought it before the electorate multiple times, and have been rejected. Yet another run would yield the same result. I cannot fathom why this dead horse continues to be beaten.
3) I know no one who wants to "keep our town small". Everyone I know wants growth, because it means we are prospering as a community. I like your idea you mentioned on another thread about getting an interstate. That's thinking big, and would have a long-term benefit to Jefferson City.
It's not the same people. New councilpersons, new administrator, and new legislators at the state level. A whole new cast of characters. They didn't fail--we the people, the local electorate, declined. If anyone failed, it was us.
But again--none of this will change. It's wasted effort and breath. Let's focus on something we can accomplish. It's like the ending of Serenity Prayer: "And wisdom to know the difference".
If it were that easy--and if it had support--it would be done. I'd love to have a boat here. But we are both in the minority on this issue. It's a dead horse.
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