The current One-half cent CIP Sales Tax that is the only source of funding for major public infrastructure in the City of St. Joseph was passed unanimously by local voters!
The tax has been in place since 1989, giving one-half cent sales tax funds to the Capital Improvements Program (CIP). This money is used to keep our community growing, maintain streets, safety and improve or build buildings and facilities to keep our city up-to-date.
To date, every project that has ever been promised has been or is scheduled to be completed. Just to name a few of the current improvements this tax has provided: Renovations of Phil Welch Stadium, City Hall, Missouri Theater, Hike and Bike Trail, New Fire Station on St. Joseph Avenue, New REC Facility - to replace Munchenburger and the St. Joseph Aquatic Park.
A committee formed of local neighbors and citizens has been formed to help decide where to best spend these funds. Ideas brought to the plate for 2013 capital improvements include: Maintaining and repairing local streets, including a large project to restructure the intersection at Karnes Road and St. Joseph Avenue, updates at local parks and ball fields, updates to 2 fire stations, and continued maintenance and updates to local civic facilities. To notice projects that are results of the CIP tax signs mark the spots including the completion date and the dollars spent. Signs are also placed in locations that are about to undergo renovations or repairs using these funds. This shows local citizens exactly where the money is being used.
So, now that it has paced, how would you like to see these dollars spent? What CIP project do you think has been most beneficial?