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Local Government

Budget for Short Street garage art up in the air

The budget for the Percent for Art program is still up in the air because the price of the Short Street garage keeps increasing.

Columbia legislators to host forum on I-70 toll

The proposed toll would be about 10 to 15 cents per mile for cars and twice that for trucks. The panel will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Activities and Recreation Center.

Grissum Building to be test site for Hinkson, Bear creeks watershed pollution reduction

The city will test several strategies for reducing stormwater pollution and runoff at the Public Works Department building north of Business Loop 70. Some of the money for the project will come from a federal grant to Boone County.

Facing proposed dissolution, Downtown Leadership Council looks to solidify purpose

At its meeting Tuesday, members of the Downtown Leadership Council expressed concern about a staff report that would dissolve its duties into the Downtown Community Improvement District.

REDI says enhanced enterprise zone to support job growth, public schools

New jobs and more funding for education could result from REDI's plans to create an enhanced enterprise zone. Business developments and expansions within the zone would benefit from a 50 percent tax abatement for the next 10 years.

MU officials might hire firm to assess transit needs

MU officials are in search of a consulting firm to address the transportation needs of students.

Columbia hotel owners question need for lodging tax rate increase

The Columbia Hospitality Association is opposing a proposed increase in the city's lodging tax that would be used to pay for improvements at Columbia Regional Airport, warning that it could cause occupancy rates to drop.

Columbia City Council authorizes bond issue for Short Street parking garage

The Short Street parking garage will be five stories tall, include 424 spaces and cost about $11.3 million.

Pine Grove Village opens spaces for RV parking

The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the rezoning of a mobile home community.

Three Columbia fire stations see new sprinkler systems

Columbia Fire Stations receive funding for a new sprinkler system from Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant.

Community members vote to work together in Douglass Park

Discussions at Douglass High School led to the reopening of park's locked parking lot.

Columbia residents raise concerns about sidewalk replacements at public meeting

The Department of Public Works is addressing concern regarding the safety of some Columbia sidewalks for residents who use wheelchairs.

Columbia City Council votes to repeal business tax

The tax has generated $20,000 per year for the Special Business District, which is being absorbed by the Downtown Community Improvement District.

Public Works to hold meeting on east side sidewalk rehabilitation

The Public Works Department will take public comment at an informational meeting Wednesday on Phase III of the sidewalk rehabilitation for east-central Columbia.

Citing airport woes, McDavid calls for higher lodging tax

Mayor Bob McDavid would like to see the revenue from a proposed lodging tax rate increase pay for a terminal addition at Columbia Regional Airport. The proposal, pending approval by the state legislature, would allow Columbia voters to increase the rate from 4 percent up to 7 percent. 

 

City plans to build new fitness track, field at West Junior High

Money for the project would come from Columbia's parks sales tax.

City Council introduces taxi stand ordinance

Staff recommends the pilot project downtown be used as a permanent solution to late-night crowds.

City looks at lodging tax increase to pay for airport improvements

A staff report to be discussed at the Columbia City Council meeting Tuesday proposes new state legislation that would allow voters to determine whether to increase the lodging tax to 7 percent. The report suggests using the new revenue to pay for a terminal renovations at Columbia Regional Airport.

New evidence could delay Tony Lewis' murder trial

The lawyer for a defendant in the Aaron Hobson shooting case claims to have new evidence that could show Hobson's friends fired the first shots at the crime scene.

Association of colleges calls for student education on democratic participation

The president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities visited the White House on Tuesday to call for a renewed focus on education in civics at its member institutions. At MU, a focus on practical application of civic knowledge has to overcome political disinterest and skepticism.

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