A proposed 30-cent property tax levy will appear on the August 5 ballot to fund the future operation of the James Memorial Public Library. The tax would provide funding to allow for yearly operation and is required if the facility is to remain open. Voters will not only determine if St. James continues to have a public library, but will also decide if the city keeps the St. James Park recently acquired from the James Foundation.
Council approves police car bids
On Monday night, police car bids were reviewed by the St. James City Council, which accepted a low bid from Joe Machens Ford. This is part of an initiative started in 2012 to get new cars for the department and has been an ongoing process during that time to replace older vehicles in use.
Pool refinancing could save taxpayers $200,000
The St. James City Council is once again hoping to refinance pool bonds to save money on the issue. Last year, the council attempted to get a better interest rate, but rates spiked suddenly during the process. Joy Howard, of WM Financial Strategies, informed the council Monday night that rates are down once again and there is nearly $200,000 in savings available to the city.
MoDOT engineer explains sales tax proposal
Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Area Engineer Preston Kramer spoke to the St. James City Council Monday night about a proposed statewide sales tax on the August ballot. The tax would fund MoDOT projects across the state for the next 10 years.
The St. James Golden Age Center (GAC) will be holding a fundraiser on July 12. Donations will be used as silent auction items to raise money for the senior center. Many local businesses have donated items for a silent auction for the fundraising effort and GAC volunteers hope to raise enough to cover their yearly operating costs.
Local teachers become ‘Champions of Change’
Fifty-five teachers from the St. James school district recently attended a workshop called “Champions of Change.” Teachers who attended reported it was a great conference, covering the basics of what teachers are trying to achieve in the classroom.