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Jefferson City voters approve sales tax renewal

August 4, 2021 at 2:00 a.m. | Updated August 4, 2021 at 10:24 a.m.
Rachelle Gilbert, shown in background at table, was the 31st Jefferson City voter to cast her ballot Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, at the McClung Park polling location.

Jefferson City will have a half-cent capital improvement sales tax for at least another five years.

Voters on Tuesday approved the latest renewal of the city's half-cent sales tax with 72.66 percent of the vote.

The unofficial results show the tax passed 1,164 to 438 votes. The overall turnout was 5.8 percent. The issue was the only item on Tuesday's city ballot.

This is the city's eighth installment of the sales tax.

Sales tax funds go toward projects around Jefferson City such as sidewalks, road repairs and cooperative projects with Cole County. It is projected to bring in $5.6 million annually over the tax's five-year span for a total of $28 million.

Over 300 people participated in early voting last week.

Ken Hussey, co-chair of Citizens for Proposition 1 committee, said he's excited to see it receive another extension.

"I would express my appreciation to everybody that voted (Tuesday), and especially those that supported this renewal," he said. "It's important for the community, and it shows their commitment and investment in our infrastructure and critical needs."

The Jefferson City Council approved a resolution in May outlining the allocations for the next sales tax.

The approved allocations are largely unchanged from the current installment, with public works receiving 58.9 percent, or $16.5 million; public safety receiving roughly 20 percent, or $5.6 million; parks receiving 10 percent, or $2.8 million; IT/GIS receiving 2 percent, or $560,000; and contingency funds making up another 9 percent, or $2.52 million.

That resolution also laid out four city-county projects: repairing the High Street Viaduct for $5 million, reworking the Stadium Corridor for $3 million, making Monroe Street two ways for $1 million and economic development/grant match for $2 million.

Funding for the city-county projects comes from the two entities' sales taxes, with $5.5 million coming from each.

In 2016, the tax's last renewal, it received 7,738 vote in favor and 2,094 votes against. There was also a presidential primary on the ballot.

In April, Cole County voters approved a five-year extension of the county's half-cent capital improvement sales tax with 78.92 percent of the vote.




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