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Ozark Missouri
3/8 Cent Transportation Sales Tax (2014 - 2018)
Why is the 3/8 Cent Transportation Tax Necessary?
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The City of Ozark would like to inform citizens that the 3/8-cent transportation sales tax initiative was left off of the April 2013 ballot due to a clerical error. Therefore, the Ozark Board of Aldermen intends to place this initiative on the April 2014 ballot. The City will utilize the remainder of 2013 to hold public meetings, meet with neighborhood associations, and provide specific information about the projects that will be completed if this new 3/8-cent transportation sales tax is approved by voters in the future.

The 3/8-cent tax would create the first-ever dedicated revenue source for taking care of streets and sidewalks.

The sales tax will generate approximately $913,000 annually, and is 100% allocated to:

  • Maintain the city's roads and sidewalks as outlined in the Public Works 5-Year project plan.

While the City of Ozark's elected officials understand that it is difficult to ask their citizens for ANY additional tax, they have recognized that the present need for street and sidewalk repairs heavily outpaces the dedicated funding currently available.

Please contact your elected officials or city staff to assist with any questions you may have regarding the 3/8-cent sales tax, the ballot language, or the projects on the 5-year project plan.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the issues?

  • The current road conditions are on average 10-12 years behind on maintenance.
  • The present need for street and sidewalk repairs heavily outpaces the dedicated funding currently available.
  • The number of miles of roads, due to Ozark being one of the fastest growing cities in Missouri for a number of years, has gone from 35 miles in 1990 to 85 miles in 2013.
  • The new revenue from the 3/8-cents collected will be added to existing street funding from the general revenue budget to increase the number of successful street and sidewalk projects. 
  • Compare Ozark City Limits and miles of streets from 1990 vs. today

Is this a new tax?

  •  YES
  • This tax is similar to the transportation sales tax that successfully passed in both Springfield and Nixa.
  • This 3/8-cent increase would sunset in 5 years and could only be extended with voter approval in 2019.

How much will this cost at the cash register?

  • $50.00 worth of taxable goods + 3/8-cent tax =0 .19 cents at checkout

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How can I find out about projects listed in the 5-year plan funded by this tax?

  • The City of Ozark's Public Works Department has created a 5 year project plan (listed here) for citizens to view.
  • The projects are outlined in the plan by subdivision, address, and cost. See them on an aerial map here.
  • New revenue generated from the 3/8-cent transportation tax will be used exclusively to maintain or reconstruct streets and sidewalks that are located within the area of City of Ozark's responsibility.
  • There will not be any new street construction, new-construction only pertains to sidewalks.

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When will the 3/8-cent transportation sales tax be on the ballot and how will it read?

  • April 2014
  • "Shall the City of Ozark impose a sales tax of three-eighths (3/8) of one percent for a period of five (5) years from the date on which the tax is first imposed for the purpose of maintaining, replacing, repairing, and improving the City's streets and constructing, maintaining, replacing, repairing and improving sidewalks?"

Contact Information and Links

Please contact your elected officials or city staff to further answer any questions you may have.

Contact the Public Works Director Larry Martin

Link to Board of Aldermen Contact Information
5-Year Projects List
5-Year Projects on an Aerial Map

 City Hall - 417-581-2407.

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