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Local Government

Voters approve new sales tax for downtown Columbia

A new half-cent sales tax on all retail sales downtown was approved by voters on Tuesday.  The new tax takes effect April 1 and is estimated to generate about $300,000 per year initially.

Residents discuss potential land annexation in southwest Columbia

The voluntary annexation would help the property prepare for development into a subdivision to be known as Creek's Edge.

Mobile home park ordinance comes too late for Columbia Regency tenants

Although the changes came too late for residents of Columbia Regency, in the future, residents will get more advance notice of mobile home park closures.

Backup dispatch center undergoes construction in face of fire

The backup dispatch center is being built on land belonging to the Boone County Sheriff's Department and will serve as an emergency alternate location to the Office of Emergency Management. 

Health officials continue investigating Boone County E. coli cases

There are four confirmed cases of E. coli in the area, two of which share genetic material with the larger St. Louis outbreak. Public health officials have not found any commonalities between the Boone County cases.

Keep Columbia Free campaigns for rejection of downtown tax ballot

Members of Keep Columbia Free are urging First Ward residents to vote against a proposed sales tax on all downtown retail sales.

Columbia Regency mobile home park will close

Residents at Columbia Regency mobile home park will have to move as the park is set to close on Feb. 29.

El Ray Mobile Home Park to close because of persisting sewer lagoon problem

The mobile home park is being shut down March 1 because the lagoon on the property can no longer sustain the park.

Downtown Columbia voters receive ballots; campaigning for tax intensifies

Downtown Columbia residents have received their ballots to vote on a half-cent sales tax that could be imposed on all retail sales downtown.

Strodtman begins term on Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission

Rusty Strodtman joined Columbia's Planning and Zoning Commission as its newest member in October. He reflects on his background and current planning issues.

Mail ballots go out for downtown Columbia sales tax

Downtown Community Improvement District board members have initiated a campaign effort in support of the tax. They say the money raised could be used for projects such as sidewalk snow removal and setting up Wi-Fi downtown.

Jason Thornhill decides not to seek re-election to Columbia City Council

Jason Thornhill was elected in 2009. His term expires in April.

Wind turbines approved for most of city, but not The District

The small energy systems aren't allowed in parts of downtown because The District's board thinks the turbines wouldn't be compatible with the area's designation as a National Historic District.

PHOTO GALLERY: Skateboarders hope to skate on Columbia streets

During its next meeting, the Columbia City Council might consider an ordinance approved by the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission to allow skateboarding in more parts of the city.

Federal grant will help Columbia replace buses

A grant from the Federal Transit Administration will allow Columbia to make upgrades to its bus system.

Commissioner Karen Miller kicks off re-election campaign with dinner

Boone County Southern District Commissioner Karen Miller began a bid to keep her seat at a dinner event Wednesday night. Miller, who has served on the commission since 1993, was forced to cook herself after the caterer came down with an illness.

Columbia project offers Boone County artists the chance to decorate city hall

Boone County officials seek input on Columbia power lines

One proposal from the city for meeting new electric demand in south Columbia would stretch utility lines along county roads.

Filing period for Columbia City Council seats begins

The three-year terms of Second Ward Councilman Jason Thornhill and Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe will end in April.

TAG Events submits only application for management of fairgrounds

The Boone County Commission will begin the reviewing process soon with TAG Events, the only company applied to manage the Boone County Fairgrounds permanently.

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