Third Ward Candidates Square off over Fee Plan

3 years 8 months 2 weeks ago March 24, 2013 Mar 24, 2013 Sunday, March 24 2013 Sunday, March 24, 2013 12:34:00 PM CDT in News
By: Ruohan Xu
Embed Code Copied

COLUMBIA - Karl Skala's bid to return to the Columbia City Council is built in part on a plan Skala says could bring in hundreds of millions of dollars more for Columbia's infrastructure, including road construction, stormwater repairing, and airport projects.

Skala proposed the Trip Generation Model to the city council Monday. It would change how the city collects the development fee, going from size-based fees only to a combination of size-based and use-based fees. The approach calls for the city to assess development fees not only on the size of the development, but also on the impact of that development on the roads. The more traffic the development will generate, the higher the development fee it will pay.

Skala said, with the current system based on square footage, a 2,000-square-foot house would yield $1,000 to the city. But with the Trip General Model, a 2,000-square-foot house would yield $1,010, which is about the same for residential properties. But a consumer store such as the 180,000-square-foot Walmart, which would currently yield $90,000 to the city, would yield $696,000 under the new model.

Skala's opponent for the seat, Third Ward incumbent Gary Kespohl, said the Skala plan sets fees way too high.

"If we raise the fees like he would like the city to do, it's going to close Columbia. We are not able to open for any business," Kespohl said.

Skala said Columbia is desperately behind in road repair and is short of funds to make those repairs. According to a recent survey, the public's main priority when it comes to infrastructure is road construction. Skala said the city has $900,000 funds for road infrastructure, but there are $24 million in needs.

"Raising taxes is a political strategy that was just narrowly passed in 2005. The city asked for $80 million for infrastructure that year, but the city is planning on asking for $203 million on 2015. The possibility to approve that is low. But if it doesn't pass, we will all suffer," Skala said.

Kespohl said Skala's plan probably would not work in Columbia. He said the reason that people live in the community is to pool resources, like taxes. People pool their resources so they can build infrastructure and maintain infrastructure that they cannot do on their own.

"What we need to do is to put more of our tax dollars, which we have already collected, into roads and sidewalks that Columbia needs," Kespohl said.

Matt McCormick, president of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, said its job is to make sure local businesses can be successful. The chamber is aware of the proposal but wants to discuss it more before taking any action or position.

"There are always different ways to fund that, where that money comes from, and how it comes. So what we will want to do is to sit down and take a look at different avenues that can take place. To see what is the best way that benefits the business community but at the same time makes the transportation an easy process for people," McCormick said.

 

More News

Grid
List
BOONE COUNTY - One person died in a vehicle crash on Highway 124 Saturday evening, according to Boone County Fire... More >>
13 minutes ago December 10, 2016 Dec 10, 2016 Saturday, December 10 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 11:51:04 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – More than 20 schools from Kansas City to Columbia gathered at Jefferson Middle School Saturday for the FIRST... More >>
1 hour ago December 10, 2016 Dec 10, 2016 Saturday, December 10 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 10:09:00 PM CST in News
MARIES COUNTY - A man who stole a vehicle and allegedly wrecked it was arrested, according to the Maries County... More >>
2 hours ago December 10, 2016 Dec 10, 2016 Saturday, December 10 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 9:51:06 PM CST in News
PLEASANT HILL - Gov. Jay Nixon announced the completion of the Katy Trail extension from Windsor to Pleasant Hill Saturday.... More >>
3 hours ago December 10, 2016 Dec 10, 2016 Saturday, December 10 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 8:44:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — In late October, an outbreak of canine distemper forced a St. Louis animal shelter to euthanize 17 dogs.... More >>
4 hours ago December 10, 2016 Dec 10, 2016 Saturday, December 10 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 7:31:00 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS - The City of Columbia did not violate residents First and Fourteenth Amendment rights by allowing a student... More >>
5 hours ago December 10, 2016 Dec 10, 2016 Saturday, December 10 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 6:18:00 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis lawyer has been named chairman of the University of Missouri board of cur... More >>
8 hours ago December 10, 2016 Dec 10, 2016 Saturday, December 10 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 3:45:04 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police said a man impersonating a police officer tried to pull over the wrong... More >>
10 hours ago December 10, 2016 Dec 10, 2016 Saturday, December 10 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 1:30:00 PM CST in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Southwest Missouri authorities have charged a man with raping a woman nearly a year after he was... More >>
11 hours ago December 10, 2016 Dec 10, 2016 Saturday, December 10 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 12:05:10 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Arthritis Foundation in Missouri is set to raise $40,000. Since August, supporters have signed... More >>
11 hours ago December 10, 2016 Dec 10, 2016 Saturday, December 10 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 12:05:00 PM CST in Top Stories
COLUMBIA (AP) — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said a proposed medical radioactive isotope plant in Columbia would have little... More >>
12 hours ago December 10, 2016 Dec 10, 2016 Saturday, December 10 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 11:09:26 AM CST in News
HOLTS SUMMIT - The Holts Summit Lions Club is hosting the second annual Christmas Festival Saturday before the start of... More >>
19 hours ago December 10, 2016 Dec 10, 2016 Saturday, December 10 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 4:42:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Overuse injuries appear to be growing increasing common in youth sports. According to a 2015 study by the... More >>
19 hours ago December 10, 2016 Dec 10, 2016 Saturday, December 10 2016 Saturday, December 10, 2016 4:25:00 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's outgoing Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is giving clemency to 15 people convicted of drug-related crimes... More >>
1 day ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 8:50:05 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A former director of Missouri's unemployment benefits agency has agreed to a $2 million settlement to... More >>
1 day ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 8:36:46 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A woman assaulted as a girl during a 1982 attack that killed her mother wants... More >>
1 day ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 8:27:25 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway said she's reviewing state legal payments following reports of harassment and employee... More >>
1 day ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 8:16:29 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will work as a private attorney at a suburban St. Louis law... More >>
1 day ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 7:58:34 PM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 35°
12am 35°
1am 34°
2am 33°
3am 34°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

12:02a
LX.TV: 1st Look
12:32a
Open House NYC
1:02a
Open House NYC
12:00a
Sophie & Sheba
2:00a
Elementary
3:00a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

6:00p
Football Night in America
7:20p
Sunday Night Football
6:00p
Throw Momma from the Train
8:00p
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld