Posted: Jul 25, 2014 3:19 PM by Jeffrey Militzer, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Jul 26, 2014 9:03 AM
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.
Posted 8:06 AM 12/1/2015 by Louie Kaczmarek, KOMU 8 Reporter
JEFFERSON CITY – Pre-filing began Tuesday for the 2016 legislative session and state representatives already have a plan in mind for the new year.
Rep. Travis Fitzwater, R-Fulton said lawmakers will be focusing bills on infrastructure, ethics reform and school funding.(More)
Posted 5:44 AM 12/1/2015 by Zachary Reger, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
PHELPS COUNTY - A woman was hit and killed by a passing vehicle Monday night near I-44 in Phelps County.
Miya Goetz, 21, was a passenger in a stopped vehicle on the westbound side of the highway, according to an (More)
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Posted 4:36 AM 12/1/2015 by The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Monsanto Co. plans to make its operations carbon neutral by 2021.
A key component of Monsanto's plan calls for working with the thousands of farmers who use its seeds, herbicides and pesticides. The company is developing an incentives program to encourage (More)
Posted 11:05 PM 11/30/2015 by Rose Schmidt, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
BOONE COUNTY - The Boone County Sheriff's Department arrested a woman on several charges after she hit multiple vehicles, sending two people to the hospital.
The department arrested Deborah Barr, 51, from Columbia on two counts of assault, assaulting a law enforcement officer, leaving (More)
Posted 7:52 PM 11/30/2015 by Rose Schmidt, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
FULTON - The Fulton Police Department is investigating a shooting that sent one man to the hospital.
Investigators said the incident was reported at 5:07 p.m. Monday at 728 Grand Avenue.
Detective Dal Hedges said the man was taken to Fulton Medical Center initally but did not (More)
Posted 1:08 PM 11/30/2015 by Derek Brizendine, KOMU 8 Reporter
CENTRALIA - The City of Centralia hopes expanding its electrical system will help bring growth to more parts of town.
Boring for the first of three new underground electrical conduits began Monday. The conduits will run under the two rail lines in the city and widen (More)
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Posted 5:36 PM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press and Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
COLUMBIA (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked Missouri's health department from revoking the abortion license held by a Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia.
The temporary restraining order issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey is set to (More)
Posted 4:38 PM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri higher education leaders have dropped plans for a potential 2016 ballot measure that would have raised taxes on cigarettes to fund college scholarships.
Supporters of the "Missouri Promise" initiative announced their decision (More)