Although Columbia has two ongoing tax-increment financing projects downtown, city officials have expressed a desire to increase its use in the First Ward. Statewide data suggest many considerations need to be made before branching out.
City and county officials are discussing the increased use of tax-increment financing, a public funding method pioneered in California in the early 1950s. The method was legalized in Missouri in 1982, though its use in Columbia has only picked up in the past three years.
City and county officials are pondering a more expansive use of tax-increment financing to address a variety of public projects. Here's a look at how the method is being used by other cities across Missouri.
Two of the three finalists are Columbia residents. If the Columbia City Council approves the finalists, the artists will be paid $2,000 to create a design.
The lodging tax would finance a bond issue that would pay for a terminal renovation proposed in January.
The city will hold a meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School media room.
The North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association talked about development on the corner of Walnut Street and College Avenue.
City Manager Mike Matthes sent a letter to the mayor and City Council members on Friday outlining a response to an independent review of the Columbia Police Department. Concrete goals for improvement are expected by mid-May.
Columbia Imagined, Columbia's plan to improve and maintain the local community, is asking for the public opinion of its residents as it enters the fourth of six phases.
The Columbia Community Development Corp. has built 29 new homes since 1994 in an effort to bring more homeowners into Columbia's timeworn districts.
Tenants who feel they have been discriminated against may file complaints with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights or the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.
The city of Columbia recently released a survey asking residents to weigh in on which issues they think are important and how the city can improve services for the city's strategic plan.
After acquiring more land, developers of the 100-unit Brookside Apartments complex under construction on College Avenue and Walnut Street plan to build a parking garage. Council members and neighbors worry about traffic and stormwater issues.
The Roger B. Wilson County Government Center in Columbia is named after former Gov. Roger Wilson. The government center also includes a bronze bust of Wilson.
A property at Hitt and Locust streets was rezoned to make way for a new student apartment complex downtown. The property formerly was the site of Athena and Memoir nightclubs and Salty's Bar and Grill.
Residents in Old Southwest spoke out against the city's plans to remove sweet gum trees, which are blamed for causing the sidewalk to buckle.
A full agenda will follow the swearing-in of Michael Trapp and Barbara Hoppe to their terms as Columbia City Council members.
The citizens group that formed to oppose an enhanced enterprise zone for Columbia wants the City Council to rescind a Feb. 6 resolution declaring much of the city blighted.
Battalion Chief Steven Sapp will retire June 29 from a 32-year career of service to the city. But he has no plans of sitting at home and is considering volunteer work with the Columbia Police Department or the Boone County Fire Protection District.
Barbara Hoppe was re-elected to the Council for her third term. Michael Trapp will be the newest council member, replacing Second Ward Councilman Jason Thornhill.