Fulton Voters Pass on Sales Tax Increase
"Some of the softer services that the city may provide - such as the parks and rec activities - there was some question as to whether we needed to spend several million dollars on a rec center," City Administrator Bill Johnson said.
"It didn't state in the ballot what portion would be allocated to storm water, nor what portion would be allocated to parks and rec, so you had no idea whether it was 90 percent to parks and rec or 90 percent to storm water retention," Fulton resident Matt Gowin said.
The recreation facility would have been constructed on a 55-acre piece of land, but for now, the land will maintain its current use.
"We let a guy hay it," Johnson said.
Callaway County has another half-cent sales tax proposal on the April ballot to help with county government costs.
"I think given if that passes, the city will find it more difficult to increase their sales tax. Whether it be a quarter- or a half-cent sales tax, either for storm water or parks and rec, I think they're fighting an uphill battle," Gowin said.