Sales Tax Increase Proposed to Build a New Park in Nixa

By Chris Eidson

Published 02/10 2014 10:13PM

Updated 02/10 2014 10:19PM

NIXA, Mo. -- The City of Nixa has big plans for a field at Northview Rd. and Gregg Rd.

"On the far side of the 38 acres there will be soccer fields," City Spokesperson Jill Finney said.

City council members hope to build a park there by 2016.

"The plan for this park is over a mile of trail, a playground, and even a fishing lake," Finney said.

Nixa owns the land, but its asking residents to pay for the park's construction, along with other road improvements.

"There are a lot of projects that the community has asked for for probably ten years or so and the only way we're going to accomplish those projects is through an additional sales tax," Finney said.

Nixa voters will see a half cent sales tax increase on the April ballot.

That means for every two dollars you spend at the store, the tax will add one penny.

After ten years, those half pennies will add up to 7.7 million dollars.

Some are against raising sales tax from 7.4 to 7.9 percent, but supporters say it's necessary.

"If we went with a quarter cent tax we could only partially do the park," Nixa Park Advisory Board Member Sean Turner said.

"The half cent sales tax will still keep us as one of the cheapest sales taxes in the area," he said.

The tax increase will also fund new sidewalks and improvements to Rotary Park.

If approved, this sales tax would end after ten years.

The amount raised would fully fund the park and sidewalk improvements.

It would also fund improvements to the intersection of US 160 and Highway 14.

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