Proposition P

As a St. Charles resident, you have an important decision to make on Tuesday, August 2. That is when you may vote on Proposition P which stands for Parks and Stormwater Control (and flooding). Prop P asks voters to consider enacting a
one-half of one percent sales tax for 15 years. The money is needed for stormwater control (and flooding), to meet Federal mandates for water quality, as well as for Park outdoor capital projects. 
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HOW MUCH WOULD THE TAX RAISE?

Approximately $63 million. The Prop P sales tax has a 15-year sunset clause, which means that after 15 years the tax will automatically terminate.

HOW WILL THE TAX BE USED? 

The City swimming pools are more than 20 years old; the Blanchette and Wapelhorst Park pools have reached their expected useful life and need to be extensively renovated and updated. In addition, other outdoor park amenities and facilities (playground equipment, athletic fields, pavilions, restrooms, picnic areas and additional parking) need to be renovated or added (more information and photos provided below).

The City continues to focus on protecting property and water quality by proactively managing stormwater runoff and drainage. Public Works has currently identified 40 stormwater control projects across the City, including 10 priority projects (see below). These projects will help reduce flooding and control erosion by constructing new stormwater drainage infrastructure and providing needed creek bank stabilization in problem areas. In addition, these projects will also help maintain water quality, reduce water pollution and meet United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandates (more information and photos provided below).

Learn More about Stormwater Management

WHAT ARE THE PRIORITY STORMWATER PROJECTS?

 

In June 2011 and May 2013 severe rain events impacted the City of St. Charles. During these events emergency responders were unable to reach residents in need of assistance. As a result a citywide stormwater model was created along with the formation of a Stormwater Task Force. In May of 2016, the Stormwater Task Force identified 10 priority projects that will address the most critical needs. With the funds from Prop P, these projects will address flooding of major roadways and homes, erosion prevention projects protecting homes and infrastructure from damage, and improvements to the existing stormwater drainage system.

1)      Concordia Culvert Replacement (map)

2)      Elm and Sibley Culvert Replacement (map)

3)      Cole Creek Flood Reduction Project - Elm to Droste (map)

4)      Boschert Creek @ Indian Hills Bank Stabilization Project (map)

5)      Cole Creek @ Fox Glove Bank Stabilization Project (map)

6)      Rio Vista and South 5th Street Culvert Replacement (map)

7)      Randolph Street Storm Sewer Improvements (4th to Missouri River) (map)

8)      Lawrence Street and N. 2nd Street Storm Sewer Improvements (map)

9)      Clark Street Storm Sewer Improvements (map)

10)    Cole Creek Bank Stabilization (Zumbehl Road Culvert to 1981 Zumbehl Rd.) (map)

WHY FUND PARKS AND STORMWATER CONTROL WITH A SALES TAX? 

Missouri law allows voters to consider enacting a sales tax to pay for park and stormwater control projects. The Mayor and City Council approved a proposition in May which allows the voters to decide if a sales tax should be imposed to pay for these projects. The sales tax would be collected for a limited 15-year period and be used only for the park and stormwater control projects. The Mayor and Council determined that a sales tax proposition was a better alternative than a property tax increase because a sales tax is collected from both residents and non-residents, is based on consumption and has the least impact on families with a fixed income.

IF PROPOSITION P PASSES, HOW WILL OUR SALES TAX COMPARE? 

The City of St. Charles currently has the lowest sales tax rate in St. Charles County. The following table lists the sales tax rates for other cities:

 Current Sales Tax Rates - St. Charles County  
St. Charles
7.45% 
St. Peter 7.95%
O'Fallon 7.95%
Lake St. Louis 7.95%
Wentzville 8.45%

If the sales tax is approved, the City’s total sales tax rate would increase from 7.45% to 7.95%, making the City sales tax rate identical to, or lower than, other St. Charles County cities. This sales tax will automatically end after 15 years and the total sales tax rate will then decrease to 7.45%.

HOW DOES ONE-HALF OF ONE PERCENT ADD UP?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, average annual spending in the St. Louis metropolitan area for taxable goods was about $17,000 per person. If you apply the Prop P additional sales tax rate to the per-capita annual expenditure, the additional tax paid per person is about $7 per month. For example, five cents would be added to a $10.00 purchase and ten cents to a $20.00 dinner. As the sales tax is imposed on the purchase of goods, it applies to all persons who make a purchase, non-residents and residents alike.

DO OTHER CITIES COLLECT SALES TAX FOR PARKS AND STORMWATER?

 

Yes. Both St. Peters and O’Fallon currently collect a 1/2 of 1% sales tax for Parks and Stormwater. However, neither municipality has a sunset clause on the tax.

WHY IS THIS CALLED A ONE-HALF OF ONE PERCENT PARKS AND STORMWATER SALES TAX?

 

That's the legal language enacted in 1995 by Missouri State Statue which gives us the ability to place Parks and Stormwater before the voters. Revenue from the tax can only be used for specific items related to local parks and stormwater projects within the city. Nearly 200 cities and counties within Missouri currently collect the parks and stormwater sales tax.

WHAT WILL BE ON THE BALLOT? 

Shall the municipality of the City of Saint Charles, Missouri, impose a sales tax of one-half of one percent (1/2 of 1%) for the purpose of providing funding for local parks and stormwater control for the municipality; such tax to be used one-third for outdoor park capital improvements, and two-thirds for stormwater control capital improvements; and such tax to terminate automatically 15 years after the imposition thereof? Yes No

Go to the Election Authority website for more information

WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS? 

Please contact Don Rothermich at don.rothermich@stcharlescitymo.gov or by telephone at 636-949-3360.

WILL THERE BE ANY PUBLIC MEETINGS? 

Yes. You are welcome to attend any of the public meetings listed in the calendar below.

IS THERE MORE INFORMATION?



Yes. Additional documents as well as video resources and photographs are provided below for your review. 

Flooding & Erosion in the City

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Pools & Outdoor Park Amenities in the City

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