A Brief History
On April 2, 2024, Warrensburg residents will be asked to vote on renewing the ½-cent capital improvement sales tax for an additional 20 years. The existing ½-cent capital improvement sales tax was originally approved by Warrensburg voters in 1994 for the purpose of constructing and equipping a fire station and a community center. In 2007, Warrensburg voters renewed the ½-cent sales tax 7 years ahead of the sunset to build a police station and public works street division building, remodel city hall, and construct Hamilton Street. The sunset on the 2007 renewal is December 31, 2025. Revenues generated that are more than the debt payments on those projects have been used for other necessary capital maintenance projects and equipment to provide excellent service and improve the quality of life in Warrensburg. Examples include police and fire vehicles, upgrading snow and ice control equipment, replacing the roofs and driveways of city buildings, and stormwater improvements and repairs.
About the 1/2-cent Capital Sales Tax Renewal Vote
Renewal of the sales tax is estimated to generate approximately $2.5 million each year. The revenue generated from the capital improvements sales tax must be used for assets that are intended to be continually held and used such as street improvements, stormwater repairs, land, buildings, machinery, furniture, and other equipment. Revenue generated with a capital improvement sales tax cannot be used for operating expenditures such as employee salaries.
This renewal will allow the city to pay off the remaining debt on the Hamilton Street extension and the city hall remodel. The remaining $2 million will be used to undertake significant capital improvement projects and purchase equipment necessary to continue providing excellent public services to our community. This will improve the quality of life and support economic vitality in Warrensburg.
Proposed equipment includes police vehicles, personal protective equipment for firefighters, and upgrades to snow and ice removal equipment. Proposed street and stormwater projects include additional funding for the city’s annual mill and overlay program, total reconstruction of several failing streets, and reconstruction and lining of failing stormwater pipes.
- The 1/2-cent capital improvement sales tax can only be used to fund capital projects and equipment purchases in Warrensburg.
- A “yes” vote means your overall sales tax rate would stay the same at 9.475%, and the ½-cent capital sales tax would continue through December 31, 2045.
- For every dollar of sales tax we collect in Warrensburg, about $0.67 comes from people outside our community. This means since 2014, Warrensburg residents have only paid $5.8 million of the $17.8 million generated from this dedicated ½-cent sales tax.
Shall the City of Warrensburg, Missouri be authorized to continue a sales tax of one-half of one percent (0.5%) for the purpose of funding capital improvements which may include the retirement of debt under previously authorized bonded indebtedness? This tax would be collected for a term of twenty (20) years after its effective date, would be an extension, would be an extension of the current tax set to expire on December 31, 2025 and would expire on December 31, 2045.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this a new sales tax?
No. Warrensburg voters will decide if the City should renew an existing ½-cent sales tax that is restricted for use on capital improvement projects. Warrensburg voters first approved this sales tax in 1994 to build a fire station and community center. It was renewed in 2007 to build a police department building, street division building, remodel City Hall, and construct the Hamilton Street extension to Maple Grove Elementary School.
What can this sales tax be used to pay for?
This is a special sales tax that can only be used for assets that are intended to be continually held and used. This includes projects like the reconstruction of residential streets, drainage improvements, and bridge repair/replacement. It can also be used for building maintenance such as HVAC or roof replacement and equipment like fire trucks, police cars, and snow plows.
Since the revenue from the sales tax is restricted, it can’t be used to pay for general city operations like employee salaries or utilities.
How much more will this ½-cent capital improvement sales tax cost the average Warrensburg resident?
Nothing additional. Renewing this sales tax will not increase the sales tax rate in Warrensburg. Since 1994, Warrensburg shoppers have paid a ½-cent sales tax to fund capital improvements. Renewing this sales tax simply continues the revenue and funding source for key infrastructure projects and equipment in our community.
In addition, for every dollar of sales tax collected in Warrensburg, about $0.67 comes from people outside our community. This means that Warrensburg residents will pay only about $830,000 of the $2.5 million of anticipated annual revenue.
What projects have been paid for with this sales tax in the past?
Fire Station #2, Community Center, Police Department building, Public Works Street division building, Hamilton Street Extension
How much will 1/2-cent sales tax generate?
It is estimated the sales tax will generate approximately $2,500,000 per year.
What will the revenue be used for?
If renewed, the revenues generated will be used to pay off the remaining debt on the city hall remodel and Hamilton Street Extension construction, purchase much needed equipment such as police vehicles and fire trucks, and much needed street repairs and stormwater projects.
This will improve the economic vitality of the community by providing safer streets and neighborhoods as well as other critical improvements and upkeep of the City’s infrastructure.
What projects will be funded by this sales tax if it is renewed?
A sample of projects that will be considered include:
Eligible maintenance (10-year estimate):
Pavement maintenance program ($10,700,000)
Sidewalk improvement program ($1,600,000)
Stormwater lining program ($500,000)
HVAC systems replacement ($650,000)
Eligible equipment (10-year estimate):
Fire truck, 2 ($2,500,000)
Police patrol vehicles, (20) ($2,500,000)
SWAT vehicle, 1 ($400,000)
Snow plow, 3 ($750,000)
Maguire Street - Phase 2 ($22,000,000)
Warren Street - Young Street to North Street ($2,200,000)
West Market Street - Hout Street to Warren Street ($1,925,000)
Fire training facility ($1,210,000)
Salt/sand satellite storage ($275,000)
The actual list of projects to be completed each year and funded with revenues from 1/2-cent capital improvement sales tax will be determined during the annual budget process.
When does the current sales tax expire?
The current ½-cent capital improvements sales tax expires on December 31, 2025.
Why are we voting on this now?
The revenue stream from this sales tax makes up a significant portion of the city’s capital improvement budget. The city is creating a 5-year capital improvement plan and knowing the outcome of the election prior to beginning the budget process will help City staff develop a budget based on accurate revenue projections.
Is there an update on Maguire Street improvements?
ReThink Maguire, the Maguire Street Gateway project is underway! We are currently in the design process of phase 1 of the project and negotiating with a construction manager. Construction is scheduled to begin in late-spring 2024.
Visit www.rethinkmaguire.com for project updates.
What is the ballot language?
Shall the City of Warrensburg, Missouri be authorized to continue a sales tax of one-half of one percent (0.5%) for the purpose of funding capital improvements which may include the retirement of debt under previously authorized bonded indebtedness? This tax would be collected for a term of twenty (20) years after its effective date would be an extension of the current tax set to expire on December 31, 2025 and would expire on December 31, 2045.
If approved, will my sales tax rate go up?
No. A yes vote will not cause the sales tax rate to increase in Warrensburg. This is a renewal of an existing sales tax. If it’s approved, the amount you pay in sales tax in Warrensburg will stay the same.
What is the city’s current sales tax rate?
The City of Warrensburg collects 1.875% of the total 9.475% in sales tax in Warrensburg. The remaining 7.6% in sales tax is collected by the State and Johnson County. The State sales tax portion is 4.225% and Johnson County sales tax portion is 3.375%.
How long would this sales tax be in effect?
Twenty years, beginning January 1, 2026 and terminating December 31, 2045.
What happens if the sales tax isn’t renewed?
City services are generally funded by either property taxes, sales taxes, or user fees. If voters elect to not renew this sales tax, there will be decreases in the level of services provided by the City. The proposed projects funded by this sales tax are integral to the city’s basic infrastructure and must be done regardless of funding source. This sales tax creates a specific way to pay for these projects that maintain our community.
How do I vote?
You must be registered to vote. If you aren’t registered to vote, you can download the Voter Registration Application at http://www.jococourthouse.com/voter_info.html. The deadline to register to vote in this election is March 6, 2024.
Election day is April 2, 2024.