Friends & Neighbors,
Tonight the Dardenne Prairie Board of Aldermen decided to ask the voters to approve a half cent increase in the sales tax in order to finance the construction and operation of park facilities. The proposition will go before the voters on November 7, 2017. For the next 3 months we will be inviting our residents to let us know what kinds of park and recreation activities you would like the City to offer. Please contact me or Mathew DeWinters, Recreation Director (636-755-5308; Mathew@DardennePrairie.org) to share your suggestions.
If approved by the voters, the sales tax would bring in about $571,000 per year. That would provide enough revenue to finance about $6 million to construct a community center building and some outdoor park amenities on city-owned property at the SE corner of Post Rd and Highway N. Other park amenities would be installed on the 10 acre parcel in phases in subsequent years. We would expect revenue from the half cent sales tax to provide enough to service a $6 million debt and to pay for additional operating costs generated by an expanded parks & recreation program. We looked at the financial impact to residents who will be asked to vote on the tax hike. If you spend $500 a month in Dardenne Prairie the extra tax will cost you only $30 per year or $2.50 per month. People who live outside of Dardenne Prairie but who shop here will also pay the tax which would help support our parks & recreation programs.
If approved in November, the City would start collecting the additional revenue in April 2018. That extra revenue would pay “pre-development” costs, including preparation of plans by engineers/architects. I estimate that construction of the first phase of the new park would be completed in 2019. A majority of the Board expressed the view that adding a community center and additional park facilities would enable the City to provide a wide range of activities and programs to serve residents of all ages and interests. This would greatly enhance the quality of life for residents of Dardenne Prairie.
“Shine a Light on City Government”
DAVID C. ZUCKER
City of Dardenne Prairie, MO