City Council Passes Unchanged Tax Levy for 2015

By Alan Van Zandt |

Published 08/18 2014 11:18PM

Updated 08/18 2014 11:26PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Good news for St. Joseph homeowners at Monday night's city council meeting.

Council members voted unanimously to approve a tax levy for 2015 of $1.14 per $100 valuation. That level is unchanged from the current year.

The levy brings in a little more than $11 million in revenue for the city each year and is restricted to be used on public safety, parks and recreation, public health and the St. Joseph Museums.

City Manager Bruce Woody says there are state laws as to how the levy can be set.

"There are three things that govern it," Woody said. "It can not move more than five percent statutorily or the amount of the Consumer Price Index which is 1.5 percent or higher than the assessed valuation as estimated by the county, not including any new construction."

Before the vote, the council held a public hearing on the levy. Not one person chose to speak up either for or against it.

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