Several Washington area businesses and organizations have endorsed the renewal of the city’s half-cent capital improvement sales tax.
In the April 3 municipal election, Washington voters will be presented with an eight-year extension of the city’s half-cent capital improvement sales tax. The tax has been in place since the early 1990s and been used to fund major projects like fire stations, the police station and the Washington Public Library.
The sales tax committee has been meeting since October in an attempt to determine what projects should be done if voters approve the tax. The committee compiled a list of potential projects that could be funded with proceeds from the tax.
The list contains allocations for a replacement for the city pool, a new fire station on the eastern side of town, infrastructure for a new industrial park, communications upgrades for the city’s public safety officers and more. The committee estimated more than $16.3 million could be spent to fund, at least partially, 32 separate projects.
The renewal campaign has a slogan — Local Funds, Local Control, Local Success.
The tax is expected to generate about $2.2 million annually.
Those endorsing the sales tax renewal are:
Washington Area Chamber of Commerce;
Downtown Washington, Inc.;
Washington Core Restructuring Committee;
Washington Volunteer Fire Company;
Industrial Development Authority;
Washington Civic Industrial Corporation;
Missouri Meerschaum Company;
Front Street Catering;
Post 218 Baseball;
Aurora Communications, Inc.;
Elm Street Investments, LLC;
Elm Street Leasing, LLC;
Hillermann Nursery & Florist;
Kathy Kilo-Peterson, State Farm;
Zick, Voss, Politte, & Richardson, P.C.;
Washington Lions Club;
353 Redevelopment Corporation;
Downtown Merchants Committee;
Washington Lions Club; and
Washington Town & Country Fair Board.