Clayton residents to vote on raising sales and property taxes

CLAYTON, Mo. - It hasn't been renovated in more than 50 years and now the residents of Clayton will have the chance to update the Shaw Park ice skating rink. It's just one of four ballot measures voters will decide on in April.

The Shaw Park ice skating rink could get a face lift if voters decide to increase property taxes. It would be a facility-wide renovation including adding a see-through roof to offer skating year round.

Clayton city officials say the property tax increase would replace the skating rink and facilities, including the locker and meeting rooms. The $12.6 million bond issue would also update the compressor which is more that 50-years-old. Another bond issue would raise property taxes and be used to update Clayton's neighborhood streets and lights.

The two issues would raise property taxes on an average home by about $20 a month. The city manager says a fair price to maintain the city's infrastructure and the community park.

"Take this opportunity to put a facility in that will do, will serve for 12 months of the year it will address tennis courts it will also have a lower operating cost and allow us to serve the residents better," said City manager Craig Owens.

Voters will also decide on two sales tax increases that would be used to maintain fire and EMS services, also keep the city's economic development growing.

The election is April 8.


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