Extension Possible for Columbia's Park Sales Tax
Do you have a favorite park or trail in Columbia? In November, voters will get the chance to decide whether or not it gets more money by extending the city's park sales tax.
This week Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid announced a new citizen's committee just to support the tax extension. It's called "Friends of Columbia's Parks" and the group met for the first time tonight at city hall.
The tax is a one-eighth cent parks sales tax. That doesn't sound like much, but if voters approve the extension at the November election, it will raise about $12 million over five years. On the ballot it will show up as Proposition One.
The mayor appointed members to the committee, many of which are well-known in the community.
"It's important for us to make sure citizens are aware of this issue, think about this issue, analyze this issue because ultimately our citizens are pretty darn smart and they'll do the right thing, but we just want them to be fully informed," McDavid said.
If passed, the tax money will go toward four things:
1) Land acquisition and preservation,
2) improvements and additions to existing parks,
3) new park development,
4) and trail improvement and development.