Columbia taxpayers torn over potential tax, fee, rate hikes

2 years 6 months 4 weeks ago July 25, 2014 Jul 25, 2014 Friday, July 25 2014 Friday, July 25, 2014 3:19:00 PM CDT in News
By: Jeffrey Militzer, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - Columbia taxpayers shared mixed feelings Friday about a new proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year which includes a possible property tax hike, parking fee hikes, increased utility rates and raises for city employees.

"I can barely live on half what I make now," said Jeff Spencer, a Columbia taxpayer. "When you throw your property taxes, and your sales taxes, and your income taxes, and your social security; it's half, it's very clearly half your paycheck every week that they take."

City Manager Mike Matthes proposed several changes to utility costs and taxes for the 2015 budget year. Matthes proposed a increasing the property tax to pay for 30 more police officers and 15 more city firefighters. The tax, if approved would increase the property tax by six cents for every $100 of home value and would last for five years. Matthes said it should equate to a little under $8 a month for the average homeowner.

"Don't get me wrong, I think we could use more officers in town. I'm not trying to pinch anybody, my point is find some other way to pay for it," said Spencer.

"If we need more police, then lets get them," said Sam Easley, a 40 year resident of Columbia, "It's not going to cost that much per person."

Easley said he wouldn't mind paying another $8 and is even willing to pay as much as $20 a month for more police and firefighters.

The city will have four public budget meetings at City Hall in the next two months.  The meetings are on August 18 and 23, and September 2 and 15.

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