CoMo You Know: Government
The Columbia Fire Department is responsible for all fires within Columbia city limits.
The master plan is part of a concept called growth management planning. Rather than allowing the city to expand willy-nilly, the commission is putting together recommendations for the Planning Department to codify into a written document.
The use of eminent domain is akin to the use of easements, which primarily allow the city government to acquire small parcels of land that are necessary for infrastructure development.
The Boone County Fire Protection District has provided emergency services for the county since the mid-1960s and now encompasses about 500 square miles.
Tax-increment financing was authorized by the Columbia City Council in March 2008 as an incentive for development or improvement projects that eliminate blight and create jobs.
The publicly owned power plant is operated by the city to provide not-for-profit electric service by burning coal, gas and oil.
The Boone County Planning and Zoning Commission advises the county commission on matters of land use.
The Health Department located at the Sanford-Kimpton Building provides multiple servicesto Columbia and Boone County residents.