Friends & Neighbors,
This message provides information about Proposition P that will be on the ballot this November 7. I’m just outlining the issue and inviting you to come to Open House meetings at City Hall or provide your feedback by e-mail.
Our City Park and athletic fields serve youth baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse and cricket. The City Park playgrounds are full every day when weather permits. We host events at City Hall once a month for senior citizens, usually bingo or cards.
Do you want more recreational opportunities close to home? How about a community center with spaces for exercise classes, basketball, pickleball, & volleyball? How about a community center with spaces for meetings, receptions, and other social events?
The City could provide a much wider range of recreational and community activities to serve residents of all ages and widely varied interests if we had the facilities for such expanded offerings. With a combination of indoor and outdoor facilities we could offer activities all year, regardless of weather.
Tell us what you would like to see offered. Would it be Yoga, Zumba, Boot Camps, Senior Fitness, Youth Fitness, Personal Training? What about Youth Camps: (Sports, Music, Art, Crafts, Science, Summer Camps)? Special Events such as trivia nights, dances, bridge tournaments, chess tournaments, dances? Is there a need for more venues for birthday parties, reunions, showers, receptions, or club meetings? Do you want more sports courts for pickleball, volleyball, tennis, basketball, futsal? (What’s futsal??) Do you believe that having such activities close to home would improve the quality of life for Dardenne Prairie residents?
The Voters of Dardenne Prairie can decide on November 7, 2017 whether to press forward with expansion of the City’s Parks & Recreation facilities and programs or not. Proposition P authorizes a one-half cent increase in the City’s retail sales tax for Parks and Storm Water control. If passed, money collected would be used to finance the construction of a community center and outdoor park facilities on a 10-acre parcel owned by the City, located at the SE corner of Post Road and Highway N.
The City would solicit input from residents regarding the type of facilities and programs they want. Any development for a new park and community center would need to fit the available revenue from the Prop P sales tax. We estimate the annual revenue would be about $580,000. That is enough to pay principal and interest on a 20 year loan of $6 million and provide about $200,000 of additional revenue for the Parks Department’s annual operation and maintenance costs. Any extra revenue not spent on parks would be held in a bank account for use on storm water projects in the future.
People who spend $500 per month shopping in Dardenne Prairie would pay an additional $2.50 in sales tax per month if Prop P is approved. That applies to residents and non-residents. Prop P does not affect your property tax.
Two Open House Meetings are scheduled for the Month of September: Wednesday, September 13 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM; Monday, September 21 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Both meetings will be at City Hall, 2032 Hanley Road. Please come to learn more about the potential expansion of Parks & Recreation and share your views on what activities should or should not be provided. If you can’t attend meetings please share your views by e-mail to the Mayor. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Of course, the Voters could choose not to raise the sales tax by one-half cent. In that event the City would work with what we already have and would not proceed to construct a community center or build a new park. The future of the City’s Parks & Recreation programs rests in the hands of the Voters.
“Shine a Light on City Government”
DAVID C. ZUCKER
City of Dardenne Prairie, MO