The quality of our streets impacts our quality of life and our ability to sustain economic growth in the future. Local streets have to provide citizens with safe and reliable access to work, school and home; accommodate the quick response of emergency service providers (ambulances, fire trucks and law enforcement) and effectively link the community to the outside world. To adequately function, the streets of our city need to be properly maintained.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSURING THAT LOCAL STREETS ARE WELL-MAINTAINED AND FREE OF POTHOLES?
The residents of this community are the City of Rock Port. City government is a reflection of its citizens. Thus, citizens are ultimately responsible for assuring that our local streets are well-maintained and free of potholes.
WHAT IS BEING PROPOSED?
The Board of Aldermen is proposing to establish a one-half of one percent (1/2 of 1%) transportation sales tax. Proceeds from the sales tax will be used to improve the quality of streets throughout the community.
WHY A SALES TAX?
Sales tax revenues are not only collected from residents of the City, but also from all non-residents who purchase goods and services while visiting the City, thereby reducing the overall tax burden on the City’s residents.
HOW WILL THIS AFFECT MY PROPERTY TAXES?
This will not increase property tax levies.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE BALLOT MEASURE IS SUCCESSFUL?
The City will immediately continue with activities to improve as many streets as possible.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE BALLOT ISSUE DOES NOT PASS?
The City will continue to utilize limited financial resources to repair and maintain the streets in an effort to keep them from deteriorating beyond their existing condition.
On April 4, 2017, the following question will appear on the ballot:
Shall the City of Rock Port, Missouri impose a sales tax of one-half (1/2) of one percent (1%) for transportation purposes?
**IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER**
• If the City is not prepared to meet the future, the future will pass it by. The new revenues to be generated from the sales tax will allow the City to make investments in the community that will enhance our quality of life.
• Revenues generated from the transportation sales tax will be used solely for roadway improvements in the City. Revenues will not be used for reoccurring operational expenses such as salaries.
• Remember, sales tax revenues are collected not only from residents of the City, but also from non-residents who purchase goods and services while visiting the City (thereby reducing the potential financial burden on our local residents).
March 1, 2017