The Byrnes Mill Board of Aldermen approved an ordinance at its January 18, 2017 meeting placing Proposition “S”, Proposition “I”, and Proposition “R” on the Tuesday, April 4 general election ballot. Proposition “S” is a 40-cent property tax increase for support of law enforcement and improve public safety. Proposition “I” is a 1/2-cent sales tax increase for capital improvements and Proposition “R” is a 1/2-cent sales tax increase for transportation with both going to road improvement and maintenance.
PROPOSTION “S” for SAFETY
On Tuesday, April 4th, Byrnes Mill citizens will vote on Proposition “S”, a 40-cent property tax increase, if approved, would support law enforcement, improve safety and improve the health and general welfare among other benefits within the City of Byrnes Mill, Missouri. A 2/3 majority is needed to pass this proposition.
What does a “Yes” or “No” vote mean?
A “YES” vote means an increase of 40-cents per hundred dollars of assessed valuation on property taxes. If passed, it would allow the City to hire additional police officers, increase the pay of current officers to help keep and retain good officers, and purchase needed equipment. More police officers means there will be two officers on duty at all times to back each other up, more neighborhood patrols, safer streets, safer neighborhoods and a safer City. Secure neighborhoods will help maintain the City’s high property values.
A “NO” vote means that Byrnes Mill’s Police Department will remain running under capacity. The City will not be able to hire additional officers, which will leave one officer on duty at a time causing an unsafe environment for those officers who are on duty alone, not to mention the City at large. In addition, there will be no pay increases to keep and retain our good officers who are currently being paid well below state averages, nor the ability to buy needed equipment. City’s property values could suffer.
What is the City’s property tax rate?
Byrnes Mill’s current property tax rate is $0.4035 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation. This was established more than 30 years ago and has never increased.
How will a sales tax increase affect me?
Residents will pay the additional property tax of 40-cents, which will go to support law enforcement, improve safety and improve the health and general welfare of Byrnes Mill residents. If the property taxes are increased by 40-cents, Byrnes Mill residents would be subject to a 7.6298% property tax rate. It would be a 5.5% increase on the current total property tax rate. A Byrnes Mill resident with a $100,000 home would see a $76 per year increase in their property tax, if the increase is passed (See chart below for where your property taxes go).
What impact would this additional 40 cents property tax have on Byrnes Mill’s revenues and where will this money go?
This money would go directly to support law enforcement and the police department. It is estimated that the budget impact of this 40-cent property tax increase would be between $125,000 and $130,000 a year. This increase would take effect in the 2017-2018 Fiscal Budget Year.
PROPOSTION “I” for IMPROVEMENTS
On Tuesday, April 4th, Byrnes Mill citizens will vote on Proposition “I”, a 1/2-cent sales tax increase for capital improvement purposes, if approved, would support street improvements, reducing damages from storm water, improving safety and improving the health and general welfare, among other benefits with the City of Byrnes Mill. A simple majority is needed to pass this proposition.
PROPOSTION “R” for ROADS
On Tuesday, April 4th, Byrnes Mill citizens will vote on Proposition “R”, a 1/2-cent sales tax increase for transportation purposes, if approved, would support street repairs, street maintenance and road preservation within the City of Byrnes Mill. A simple majority is needed to pass this proposition.
What does a “Yes” or “No” vote mean for these two road propositions?
A “YES” vote on both means an increase of 1% on City’s general sales tax and would allow the City to set up a street repair and maintenance schedule for all City maintained streets. It would allow the City to help improve substandard streets in order to allow the City to maintain them. A simple majority is needed for passage on both transportation propositions.
A “NO” vote means that Byrnes Mill roads will not be improved nor properly maintained and the City may no longer maintain some streets currently maintained by the City.
What is the City’s current sales tax rate?
Byrnes Mill’s current sales tax rate is 1%. This rate has not changed in more than 30 years.
How will a sales tax increase affect me?
Everyone, residents and non-residents, when purchasing items in Byrnes Mill, will pay the additional capital improvement sales tax of ½%. This revenue will go into the Capital Improvement Fund for capital improvements on our roads and streets. And an additional transportation sales tax of ½%. This revenue will go into the Transportation Fund for street and road repairs, snow removal and maintenance.
How does Byrnes Mill’s road cost compare to surrounding communities?
Byrnes Mill currently spends an annual average of $2,400 per mile of road. Jefferson County and neighboring towns like Arnold spend more than $7,000 per mile on an annual basis. As a result many of our roads are becoming substandard and some are considered failing.
What impact would this additional 1% sales tax have on Byrnes Mill’s revenues and where will this money go?
This money would go directly into the Capital Improvement and Transportation Fund and only be used towards street repairs, improvements, sidewalks, guardrails, lighting, signs, equipment and snow removal. It is estimated that the budget impact of this 1% sales tax increase would be between $190,000 and $200,000 a year. This increase would take effect in the 2017-2018 Fiscal Budget Year.
“Passage of these Propositions is of utmost importance for Byrnes Mill and its residents,” said Mayor Susan Gibson. “With its current budget the City will have a hard time providing City services at its current levels. Byrnes Mill needs your help to keep, maintain and improve our level of services provided to its residents.”
The City of Byrnes Mill will hold a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., at the Byrnes Mill Municipal Complex to discuss Propositions S, I & R.
For more information about Propositions S, I & R, contact Larry Perney, City Administrator, email@example.com, or (636) 677-7727.