Blue Springs can’t vote again until November on community center

01/23/2014 10:22 PM

01/23/2014 10:22 PM

Blue Springs residents hoping for a second chance to approve a new community center will have to wait.

City officials learned that Missouri law prevents them from putting the proposal on the ballot until at least November.

The City Council was set to consider bringing back the half-cent sales tax proposal, with some modifications, for the April election.

The measure failed 55 percent to 45 percent last November. It would have raised about $3 million per year, with part going to maintenance and development of city parks and part to finance construction of a $35 million, 85,000-square-foot community center.

After studying residents’ comments and suggestions, the park commission proposed that the next tax question include a 30-year sunset, more funding for park maintenance and a reduction in size of the community center by 11,000 square feet.

The City Council had planned to take up the matter last week. However, state law requires a one-year waiting period before it can be put before voters again.

“We will continue to monitor area sales tax proposals and look to bring a parks sales tax initiative in front of the voters again in the future,” said Mayor Carson Ross.

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