Parks and Storm Water Sales Tax Information
April 2020 Ballot Preview
On April 7, 2020 Smithville residents will be asked to vote on the following measure:
Shall the City of Smithville, Missouri impose a sales tax of one-half of one percent for a period of twenty years from the date on which such tax is first imposed for the purpose of providing funding for storm water control and local parks for the City of Smithville, Missouri?
What is Question 1?
Question 1 seeks voter approval to impose a one-half cent parks and storm water sales tax for a 20-year period. A simple majority is required for passage. If approved, the tax will expire after 20 years, unless renewed by voter approval.
What is a parks and storm water sales tax?
A park and storm water sales tax is collected on retail sales made within Smithville and dedicated to provide funding for storm water control and local parks for the City of Smithville, MO. Both residents and non-residents who shop in Smithville will pay the sales tax. Because City parks and infrastructure are also enjoyed by non-residents, they would also share in the cost of improving and maintaining the parks and storm water system.
What will the park and storm water sales tax be used for?
Funds collected from the parks and storm water sales tax will be used to identify priorities to address park and recreation amenities and storm water control concerns.
Will the new revenue replace existing revenue?
The new revenue dedicated to park maintenance and improvements will supplement existing revenue.
What happens if the parks sales tax does not pass?
The City will continue to address the park and storm water systems with existing revenue.
Where and when can I vote on Question 1?
The General Municipal Election is on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Smithville residents vote at their regular polling places.
Priorities for Park and Storm Water Improvements
Smithville's 2019 Vision and Strategic Action Planning process established recreation as a key pillar in the community. Infrastructure including addressing storm water issues continues to be a priority. The strategic plan along with the existing Parks Master Plan and Capital Improvement Plan establishes priorities for improvements, including:
Parks and Recreation Master Plan Implementation
Implementing recommendations from an updated Park Master Plan to include recreation and updated citizen priorities for park amenities.
Additional trails to local parks and neighborhoods as identified in the future trails master plan.
Storm Water Improvements
Storm water runoff is generated from rain and snowmelt that flows over land or impervious surfaces such as paved streets and parking lots and does not soak into the ground. Storm water management including detention and retention can mitigate some of the harmful outcomes of storm water runoff.
Park Maintenance and Expansion
Continued focus on maintenance of existing parks and identification of expansion and improvement opportunities to future or existing parks which includes Smith's Fork Park, Heritage Park, Courtyard Park, Emerald Ridge Park, Helvey Park, Remembrance Park, and Wildflower Park.
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Paid for by the City of Smithville, MO. This information is intended to provide an objective and fair presentation of the facts regarding Sales Tax Question 1. The City of Smithville is prohibited from using public resources to support or oppose any ballot measure.