tax issue pulled from April ballot
A move by the Platte City Board of Aldermen
Tuesday night means there will be one less issue on the
A proposed stormwater tax of $2.75 per
month for residents and higher amounts for commercial
property was scheduled to be on the ballot for Platte
City voters in April. It won't happen now, as the board
voted to pull it off the ballot so it won't hamper Platte
County's efforts to pass a 3/8 cent sales tax for roads
in the April election.
"The county wants to pass its sales
tax, and we have agreed it's probably not a good idea
to put both issues on the ballot at the same time,"
Mayor Dave Brooks said.
City officials are hoping the county's tax will pass,
as it would mean roughly $2 million over a period of 10
years in sales tax money distributed back to Platte City.
The board passed a resolution Tuesday night supporting
the county's proposed road sales tax.
As for the stormwater tax issue, City
Administrator Keith Moody said the proposal may end up
on the ballot in August. He said it will take just a simple
majority to pass the stormwater issue.
"We haven't given up on it. We just
don't want the county to lose something that we know the
county needs so bad," Brooks said.
If approved, Platte City's stormwater
tax would mean a $2.75 maximum monthly fee for single
family and two family dwellings. Businesses, industries,
multi-family and other users would pay a monthly fee of
55 cents per 500 square feet of runoff surface.
Runoff surface would include the surface
of buildings, driveways, parking lots and other structures
that cause water from rain and snow to run into the city's
storm drainage system.
Fees for businesses could range up into
the neighborhood of $300 per month for places such as
the Airport Inn and Quik Trip. Car dealerships would also
be hit with significant monthly fees.
A big part of the fee would go toward
purchasing a street sweeper. Currently, the city contracts
the city's street sweeping at $70 per hour.
The stormwater ballot question has been
an issue of controversy for the board of aldermen. In
August, Aldermen Bill Knighton, Jim Palmer and Ron Porter
had voted against putting the measure on the ballot, while
Aldermen Gary Brown, Lee Roy Van Lew and Shelle Browning
voted in favor. Brooks declined the chance to break the
tie vote last summer.
The issue was then brought up again in
December, and the same 3-3 tie vote among the board was
reached. At that time Brooks broke the tie and voted to
send the measure to voters.