Property tax isn't the answer either, no taxes need to be increased, we should actually have 1/2 cent repealed. Other communities have developed their river fronts just fine without tax increases. Why this town automatically raises taxes is beyond me.
but it's not fair to those who can't afford it .... those that it takes all their money to clothe, feed and take care of their basic neccesities.
They have used a lot of private investment, such as their marina has 300 boat slips, that are producers of revenue, along with a marina store and fuel sales are income producers. Building an excursion boat pier and leasing it to someone would be another direct money maker. It has also admittedly taken 20 years to get to where they are now, and they still are not done.
Investment needs to be done by the people making the money, not the people who cannot afford it, that is what I am saying, and if it takes a few extra years to get it done than so be it, just don't jeopardize the health and welfare of our community to widen the wealth gap.
The City needs to make JCMG pay for the road improvements that are needed to handle THEIR expansion! Ohhh wait in a year when they realize the roads can't handle the traffic, they'll just ask for another 1/2 cent sales tax ........
All of the above, plus it needs mentioning that by sending out an extra bill that is that much more paper being generated that doesn't need to be. I don't see why the water company can't collect it, they don't collect the money anyway, you have to pay the bill at Grocery stores and Convenience stores.
Sounds like the city just wants that 75 cents, and is that a one time charge or per bill?
Nathan needs to go he is the driving force behind all of this, ever since he has been running things, taxes have gone skyward, and the City wastes more money on things it doesn't need.
Well if they can't afford it then they need to get straightened out before they get more money to mismanage.Like you said it's not approved so that one needs to be crossed off. It is a State concern not a City one.
I agree let's start by cutting the fat, especially all this money the City pay's consultants. I am for the Adrian's Island development, but don't you think someone would have thought to ask the railroad for approval before the City approved the project? Some of these item's on the wish list are contingent upon the Island, which to this point Union Pacific is not going to approve for safety concerns.
And why should any of this happen on the backs of our poor and Elderly?
I have come up with several other funding options, and asked my councilperson to have the City do some research on other towns such as Alton Il, who has undertaken this similar progress, and none of this has been adressed.
I do have a fear that if this is passed it is going to be a similar self serving interest similar to the "non profit development " corporation that has the city buy his property, and pay to refurbish them, all the while he makes a 6 figure salary for basically being the general contractor.
Your statement shows that you do not have an understanding of basic economics, and sociology. Yes dollar wise those with more money pay more sales tax however as a percentage to income the poor, working poor, disabled, seniors, and those on a fixed income pay more.
For instance those with more money, own more real property, such as land and real estate, (mostly outside the city limits ) which is not subject to sales tax, they also are able to save money, which is not taxed. There is also a lot of internet shopping by those with greater income, which is not taxed. There is also a big portion of money by those with higher incomes that is spent in other tax areas, such as vacations, shopping in Columbia, St. Louis, Kansas City.
The bottom line is that an 8% sales tax is on average is a 6 to 7% income tax on those below the poverty line and a 3% income tax on those making $22, 500 or more.
There are many more issues that go along with this that make any kind of sales tax increase bad for the greater good of a community, and why everyone should be against ANY Sales tax increase.
I believe we need these items, and agree with the groups work. I do not believe that it needs to be done on the backs of our seniors, the poor, and the working poor aka the middle class. That is what makes sales tax unfair. I have given my councilperson several ideas on how to pay for it. I will start an action committee to oppose any new sales tax increases, and if it could be done I would start a petition to repeal the ambulance tax.
Sales taxes are unfair period. They facilitate the growing gap between the rich and the poor.
There are some projects on here that Jeff City needs to be more attractive to tourists, and boost are economy. The chamber and their elitest membership have no idea how hard another 1/2 cent sales tax will be on the local economy. This tax will also be applied to food, prescription medication, and clothes, and by doing this puts an unfair tax burden on our seniors, the middle class, and especially those living below the poverty line. I encourage everyone to call their councilperson and tell them to vote against this!
JCsleeper you are absolutely correct that the 1/2 cent ambulance tax should have been repealed, instead of using it to buy new police vehicles that we don't need.
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