Elections

Shelbina residents approve sales tax increase by nearly 2-1 margin

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 8, 2017 8:45 am

SHELBINA, Mo. -- Shelbina voters on Tuesday approved a half-cent sales tax to create, maintain or repair streets, sidewalks, curbs and gutters in the city.

The issue passed 160-89.

The new sales tax will go into effect in early January, with no expiration date.

City Clerk Tim Lacy said the half-cent sales tax is expected to generate about $100,000 a year in revenue. The money will go into a restricted fund that can be used only for streets, sidewalks, curbs and gutters.

Lacy said the city's current annual budget for streets and sidewalks is about $55,000. Most of that money is used for street maintenance primarily through a chip-and-seal program. City officials said the additional sales tax will allow them to do more to keep streets and sidewalks in good condition and carry out replacements where needed.

Lacy said city officials also hope to pave some gravel streets on the outskirts of the city at some point in the future.

He said Shelbina officials felt the timing was good for a ballot issue of this nature because a regional half-cent sales tax for a transportation development district -- used to expand U.S. 36 to a four-lane road through four counties, including Shelby County -- came off the tax rolls in August, three years ahead of schedule.

Now that Shelbina residents have approved the sales tax increase, the city's sales tax rate will simply go back to where it was before the rate dropped in August.

The Shelbina sales tax issue was the only ballot issue decided in Northeast Missouri in Tuesday's special election.

The voter turnout in Shelbina was 21.6 percent, with 249 of the city's 1,154 registered voters casting ballots.