Ashland to annex 73 acres near Columbia Regional Airport

8 months 1 week 14 hours ago October 14, 2016 Oct 14, 2016 Friday, October 14 2016 Friday, October 14, 2016 3:16:00 PM CDT in News
By: Zach Groppe, KOMU 8 Reporter

ASHLAND – The city of Ashland is preparing to annex around 73 acres of property just west of Highway 63 near the Columbia Regional Airport.

The city already has over 400 acres on the east side of U.S. 63.

The annex won’t officially happen until November, but the city plans to make the land available for business development.

“Maybe a motel or hotel go up, or a service station or maybe some light retail and then it would be frequently traveled, as they are on the interstate, there’s a lot of traffic out there, and all that tax revenue would go towards the city for infrastructure, roads,” Ashland Mayor Gene Rhorer, said.

The annexed area would allow the city to implement a sales tax on any business built there, which would give the city more money for other local needs.

“Our budget for infrastructures very light, we have very limited sales tax revenue so we have a tough budget. This’ll be another step forward, hopefully, in expanding that and bringing nicer things to the city of Ashland because we have more sales tax revenue,” Rhorer said.

Even if development doesn’t happen right away, the annexed area will still give the city an option for future planning.

“We have a future plan. We just don’t think about today we think 10 years from now, 20 years from now, 50 years from now, so we have a long term plan here,” Rhorer said.

The annex will not cost the city any money.

Rhorer also said he hopes that as the airport expands, so will travel and visitors to that area.

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