City council votes to put property tax increase proposal on Nov. ballot

Monday, August 4, 2014 | 11:40 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — After months of build-up, the Columbia City Council formally put a property increase on November's ballot.

The council unanimously approved putting a proposed 30-cent property tax increase to fund the hiring of more police officers and fire fighters before the city's voters on Nov. 4. 

City Manager Mike Matthes said the city's over-reliance on declining sales tax revenue is the major reason for the property-tax proposal.

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