Friday, April 26, 2013
What is the plan to pay back a "significant" amount of money that was supposed to be earmarked for bond payments?
Last month, members of the Wentzville Board of Aldermen were surprised to find out that money generated from the 1/2 cent parks sales tax was not being kept in a separate fund. READ MORE: Aldermen Left 'Flabbergasted' Over Parks Fund Snafu On Wednesday night, the board asked for further discussion of the subject after approving a contract to outsource the city's pool management services and being asked to approve a $22,000 transfer from the general fund to cover those costs. READ MORE: City to Outsource Progress Park Pool Management, Lifeguards City Administrator Mike McDowell confirmed to the board that before the 2010 tax was passed, the city had transferred money from the general fund to cover parks operations. Ward 3 Alderman Rick …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Several aldermen said they were disappointed that the proceeds from the sales tax passed in 2010 had been used to operate existing parks. Were Wentzville voters promised a separate parks account in 2010?
A discussion at last week's Wentzville Board of Aldermen work session about the city's Project Parks and its cost overruns developed into one about accounting—specifically, earmarking the 2010 parks sales tax for the construction and operation of the city's three new parks: Heartland, Peruque Valley and Splash Station. Several aldermen expressed disappointment that proceeds from the 1/2-cent sales tax had not gone into a separate account just for that purpose. After listening to Interim Finance Director Petree Powell talk about some of the expenditures for the city's existing parks, Alderman Rick Stokes said the board wanted the ½ cent sales tax to pay off and operate the new parks. "We wanted that accounting separate," he said. "I’m …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The board of aldermen agreed that the tax needed a sunset clause.
At Tuesday night's public work session, the Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen agreed to ask voters for a half-cent capital improvement sales tax on the August ballot. READ MORE: Lake Saint Louis Considering Capital Improvement Sales Tax for August Ballot Ward 3's Richard Morris said that he didn't think that people would vote for a new half cent sales tax. Vennard said that the last time the city asked for the sales tax, it lost by only 50 votes. "And we only ran one ad," Vennard said. Vennard disagreed with Morris' insistance on cutting property taxes to make up for the new sales tax. "Tell them (the voters) the entire truth. It makes a significant impact on our budget. We have not taxed to our ceiling. Most of the other taxing entities …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen meets on Feb. 19 for a public work session at 5:30 p.m. and a regular meeting at 7 p.m.
The Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen will continue a discussion about putting a new capital improvement sales tax on the August ballot. READ MORE: Lake Saint Louis Considering Capital Improvement Sales Tax for August Ballot The board's usual Monday meeting was moved to Tuesday because of the Presidents Day holiday. At 5:30, the board holds a public work session for its administration and finance committees. On the agenda for discussion are the proposed tax, street capital improvement projects and the mid-year budget. At 7 p.m., the board meets for its regular meeting. The board will:
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The board will discuss the levy again at the Feb. 19 work session.
The Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen is considering the possibility of putting a new sales tax on the August ballot. The new capital improvement sales tax would help pay for street and parks improvements. Derek Koestel, Public Works Director, talked about the the funding needed to maintain city streets. Under the current budget, an asphalt street in the city can expect maintenance every 37 years. Asphalt streets, however, have an expected life span of about 15 years. With a proposed 1/2 cent tax, Koestel has projected that the same city street will receive maintenance every 17 years, much closer to engineers' recommendations for proper street maintenance. Some of the aldermen are in favor of reducing the real estate tax levy as an …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Results are in for Tuesday's municipal election.
The Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen will convene their next meeting with two new members. Tony Zito won the seat that was vacated by Harry Slyman's resignation last June. Zito had 400 votes (76.05 percent), compared to Larry DeGroodt's 82 (15.59 percent) and Eric Oman's 44 (8.37 percent). DeGroodt had been appointed by Mayor Mike Potter to fill the vacancy until a municipal election was held. Uncontested incumbent Ralph Sidebottom will fill the other Ward 1 seat on the board. Sidebottom had 455 votes, (98.06 percent), with write-in candidates getting nine votes. Richard Morris beat out incumbent John Pellerito for the Ward 3 seat. Morris had 297 votes (54%) compared to Pellerito's 252 (45.82%). Incumbent Karen Vennard will keep her seat…
Monday, March 26, 2012
Lake Saint Louis Patch brings you everything you need to know about the April 3 election.
Election Day is April 3. Here are all the candidates and issues that are on the ballot for Lake Saint Louis voters, as well as a listing of helpful links with more information about the election. Lake Saint Louis Board of Alderman Candidates Besides electing four aldermen (three regular two-year terms in each ward, plus a one-year term in Ward 1 to finish out the position that was being temporarily filled by Larry DeGroodt after Harry Slyman's resignation). You can read about each Board of Alderman candidate by following these links to their profile questionnaires (if a name appears in black instead of blue, the candidate has not submitted a candidate questionnare): Lake Saint Louis Fire Protection District #15 Running for a six year term …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The city will waive its sales tax on appliances—including air conditioners and furnaces—from April 19 through April 25 to participate in the Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday.
If you’re considering buying a new appliance, air conditioner or furnace, the city of Wentzville has given you some incentive to buy one soon. The city will participate in the Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday April 19 through April 25. On those dates, customers who buy appliances from Wentzville stores that are Energy Star certified do not have to pay sales tax on up to $1,500 of the purchase. The effort helps Missourians purchase energy-efficient appliances. The sales tax at most Wentzville locations is 7.9 cents per dollar. The savings on a $1,500 purchase would be $118.50. Gloria Ehll, co-owner of Ehll’s Western Auto on West Pearce, said the sales tax holiday does help business. “It gives people incentive to maybe buy something that’s …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
The Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen met on Mon., Feb. 6 for a public work session and regular meeting.
At the Feb. 6 public work session at Lake Saint Louis city hall, Assistant City Administrator Eric Sterman spoke to the board of aldermen about codifying a special use permit process for special events in the city. The need for this came up, Sterman said, as the city worked to bring the O'Fallon Farmer's Market to its new home at The Meadows. "It only makes sense to look at how we handle these special events," Sterman said. "Requiring all vendors to get a business license is not the most efficient process." The permitting process could then also be applied to events like Oktoberfest and the art show. A new ordinance could require the event promoter to apply for the permit and make sure that all the vendors at the event meet city and event …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
One incumbent will run unopposed in the April election.
Filing ended Mon., Jan. 17 for seats on the Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen. Ralph Sidebottom, the Ward 1 incumbent, is running unopposed for another two-year term. Three people are running to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of Harry Slyman in Ward 1. The remainder of the first year of that term was filled by Larry DeGroodt, who was appointed to the position by Mayor Mike Potter upon Slyman's resignation. DeGroodt is running to finish the second year of that term for Ward 1. Also running for the one-year term are Tony Zito and Eric Oman. In Ward 2, incumbent Karen Vennard will be challenged by John Lynch. In Ward 3, incumbent John Pellerito will be challenged by Richard Morris. Pellerito has expressed an interest in running for…