Jul 25, 2014

St. Peters Voters OK Tax Hike for Parks and Storm Water Projects

Voters pass a 4/10 of a cent sales tax.

St. Peters Voters OK Tax Hike for Parks and Storm Water Projects

The  must have worked. 

Voters took to the polls in St. Peters on Tuesday to vote on —a proposed 4/10 of a cent sales tax. Late Tuesday night the unofficial votes rolled in, and Prop P passed with more than 68 percent of the vote.

Here's how the voting broke down:

With 33 precincts out of 33 reporting:

  • Yes:  6,051 votes, 68.10 percent
  • No:  2,835 votes, 31.90 percent

Prop P is a tax increase with the money going to fund parks and the storm water budget. The city requested more money toward funding and maintaining the city's parks and the  and furthering the development of . Additionally the city was in need of $119 million to fund more than 100 storm water projects for a federal program. The current storm water fund of $600,000 a year is nowhere near the $3.9 million the city projects it needs yearly to fund the projects.

City officials pitched Prop P as the best choice for residents. Three other funding options were considered: a property tax increase, an additional fee on utility bills or the sales tax increase. The city decided a four-tenths of a cent sales tax would be the way to go. Voters on Tuesday agreed. 

We'll have more on this later. 

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