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A parks and stormwater sales tax is a dedicated sales tax applied to retail sales made within city limits. All revenue is dedicated to providing funding for local parks and stormwater control in Creve Coeur.
The proposed parks and stormwater sales tax rate is ½ of 1%—in other words, ½ of one penny for every dollar spent within the city limits. For example, the additional sales tax on a $50 purchase would be $0.25. It is estimated the sales tax will generate $2 million per year.
If approved by voters, revenue collected from the parks and stormwater sales tax will be used to improve and maintain local parks and stormwater infrastructure. The City’s Parks Master Plan and Stormwater Master Plan provide recommendations for capital improvements and amenities over the next ten years.
Anyone shopping within Creve Coeur will pay the parks and stormwater half-cent sales tax, including both residents and non-residents.
The annual cost to provide services to our residents continues to increase while our revenue sources remain flat. The proposed parks and stormwater sales tax would provide a dedicated revenue source to maintain and improve city parks and stormwater infrastructure.
Adopted in 2019, the Parks Master Plan is a community-driven guide that has established priorities for improvements in city parks. Recommendations for new amenities and renovations include:
A complete list of recommendations for local park improvements is outlined in the Parks Master Plan. The parks and stormwater sales tax would provide funding to implement this plan.
The Stormwater Master Plan, adopted in 2012, identifies problem areas within Creve Coeur where excess runoff causes flooding, erosion and potential damage to properties. Approximately $13 million in future stormwater-related projects have been identified, including projects to mitigate erosion and flooding along the numerous creeks and drainageways in Creve Coeur. New stormwater inlets and similar infrastructure are needed in streets throughout the city and would be incorporated into pavement maintenance and replacement projects. With additional revenue, the City could fundamentally change its approach to stormwater management, shifting from reacting to emergencies to planning needed improvements and maintenance.
No. By law, the parks and stormwater sales tax may only be used to fund local parks and stormwater control. A special fund would be created in which all sales tax proceeds would be recorded.
Creve Coeur is one of a small number of cities in St. Louis County that has not implemented the parks and stormwater sales tax. All communities adjacent to Creve Coeur (with the exception of Westwood Village, which has no city parks) have adopted the parks and stormwater sales tax. This map illustrates which cities have implemented a parks and stormwater sales tax in St. Louis County.
If voters approve the parks and stormwater sales tax, the overall Creve Coeur sales tax rate will be at or below those of our neighboring communities.
The City’s Finance Committee, Parks and Historic Preservation Committee, and Stormwater Committee have all reviewed the plan and made a positive recommendation to the City Council.
Maintaining the city’s existing park infrastructure has become increasingly difficult, as most existing capital improvement dollars are needed for street repair and replacement, or emergency storm drainage repairs. The City will continue to utilize available grant funds to replace or repair park amenities and infrastructure, but not on the schedule envisioned in the park master plan. Little funding would be available for new park amenities absent a new revenue source. Improvements to stormwater infrastructure would be incremental as existing funding may allow.
The General Election is on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Registered voters may apply for absentee or mail-in voting through the St. Louis County Board of Elections. The deadline to apply for absentee or mail-in voting for the 2020 General Election is October 21, 2020. For more information, contact the St. Louis County Board of Elections at (314) 615-1800 or visit stlouisco.com/Your-Government/ElectionBoard.