Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Taxes, Bonds at Issue in St. Charles County

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Taxes, Bonds at Issue in St. Charles County

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The St. Charles School District has proposals for a bond issue and three property tax increases on Tuesday's ballot.

Cottleville, St. Peters and the St. Charles Fire Protection District are seeking approval of various tax and fee proposals.

The bond issue needs a four-sevenths majority to pass. The school district's tax proposals require a two-thirds vote to pass. The others require a simple majority.

Following are details on the proposals.

***** COTTLEVILLE

Officials want voters to impose the city's first property tax. The money would be used to expand police service, buy land for a city hall and park and eventually build the facilities, said Mayor Steve Kochanski.

The proposal would authorize a tax rate of as much as $1 for each $100 of assessed valuation, but Kochanski said officials are likely to levy only about 50 cents. With the tax at that rate, it would generate about $50,000 a year. The owner of a house worth $75,000 would pay $71.25 a year.

***** ST. PETERS

Officials are seeking approval of four fee proposals that would help pay for a new city animal shelter along Mexico Road. The city has set aside $289,000 for this purpose.

The proposals are:

An increase in the impoundment fee to $5 a day and $10 if the animal is dangerous or needs to be quarantined. Both fees are now $3.

Fees for businesses selling wild animals. They would be $1,000 to register the first animal and $25 for others. The fees would affect one company, Finally Farms, officials say.

An increase in redemption fees to $25 the first time; $50 the second and $75 the third. The owner of an animal that is not tagged or vaccinated would pay an additional fee of up to $35 for the first time and $40 each successive time. The current redemption fees are $5, $25 and $50, respectively. The additional fee would be new.

A $45 fee for inoculations and other medical services associated with a pet adoption program.

***** WENTZVILLE

Voters will consider authorizing a half-cent sales tax. …

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