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St. Peters Prop P Informational Meetings Scheduled

The first meeting to discuss the proposed sales tax increase is 7 p.m Tuesday at Laurel Park in St. Peters.

Voters in will take to the polls Aug. 7 to vote on Proposition P.

Prop P is a four-tenths of a cent sales tax increase with the money going to fund parks and the storm water budget. Federal mandates on storm water care and maintenance are forcing the city to make adjustments—costly adjustments.

City staff projects $119 million is needed to complete the 100-plus storm water projects. The current storm water budget is just $600,000—significantly less than the proposed $3.9 million yearly budget needed to address the storm water problems. 

To close the gap, St. Peters considered three options: a property tax increase, an additional fee on utility bills or the sales tax increase. The city decided the sales tax would be the way to go.

The fourth-tenths of a cent tax increase adds up to four cents extra for every $10 spent in the city. In addition to the storm water, the money will also be used toward funding and maintaining the city's parks and the and furthering the development of . 

Before the Aug. 7 vote takes place, six informational meetings are scheduled throughout St. Peters. The meetings will be for residents to ask questions and get information about all the things the city plans to do if Prop P is passed. 

All meetings start at 7 p.m. The dates are:

  • July 10—
  • July 12—St. Peters Senior Center
  • July 17—
  • July 19—
  • July 31—
  • Aug. 2—
steve July 09, 2012 at 12:41 PM
I thought this was covered by the Hotel Tax that was passed a couple years ago.
steve July 09, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Yes... The Hotel Tax covers all above except the Storm Water Runoff. So this is only for Storm Water handling and rest is just fluff to get the it passed. Hotel Tax: Just 10.4 percent of voters (3,913 votes) turned out for the election, approving the measure with 55.25 percent (2,162 votes) voters voting yes. The no votes only totaled 44.75 percent (1,751 votes). The two percent tax on hotel rooms will pay for things like maintaining the city's St. Peters Rec-Plex and the new 370 Lakeside Park, according to the Suburban Journals. In an email to St. Peters' employees, Director of Communication Lisa Bedian wrote: "Money raised from this tourism tax would be allocated to help to pay for things like the wear and tear on our facilities from events that bring tourists to St. Peters—such as the Missouri State High School Swimming and Diving meets, baseball, soccer and hockey tournaments and other special events."
J. B. July 09, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Total crock. St. Peters has no idea how to live within their means. The only reason they are not going for the whole half-cent the State allows them to ask for, is because they know it would be suicide for the proposal to have a sales tax rate over 8%. Instead of concentrating on filling all the empty retail spaces in the City as a way to increase revenue, they put more pressure on the businesses who are still in the City. Stupid, just stupid.
Devon Seddon July 09, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Let's not miss the words "Federal Mandate". That's what's costing the people of St Peters here. Let's say it again, "Federal Mandate". The same Federal government that wasn't going to raise taxes on anyone who makes less than $250,000/year, yet who is the bill for this "Federal Mandate" falling to? Yep, the MIDDLE-CLASS.
Stephanie July 09, 2012 at 05:13 PM
How about they quit putting concrete salad bowls all through the city and use that money to pay for some of this.
Stephanie July 09, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Another thing.. why isn't the money we pay to rent these facilities being used to keep up the parks? The cost went up so there should be enough money there. Plus I thought we weren't going to be hit with the burden of upkeep on Lakeside 370
J. B. July 09, 2012 at 10:22 PM
This is the same City that 'cant afford' to participate in the Sales Tax Holiday either. I really like the three things the Board considered. Amazingly enough, CUTTING spending was not one of them. Far too many grandiose plans in St. Peters and their hands out for more and more taxes to cover the bill. They conveniently forget that not all 'retail' sales are $50 a time at the Mall. My clients require quotes that include all taxes and fees and our invoices are regularly in the Thousands, so having a 7.95% tax rate puts us at a severe disadvantage ,
CCW July 12, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Actually, the City has lost over 2 million dollars in property tax revenue due to declining property values casued by the Great Recession. They have addressed those losses by cutting where they could without reducing services, reducing the number of city employees, and asking the remaining employees to pay a larger part of the cost of their benefits. So, it is not really fair to say that they City does not know how to live within thier means. On the contrary, they took an 11% cut in revenue and were able to adjust costs to match.

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