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Yes, a number of our neighboring cities such as; Springfield, Nixa, Willard, West Plains and many more. There are more than 230 cities across Missouri that have established a Use Tax.
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It’s from taxes. We have no other way to generate taxes. Living in Ozark and not paying taxes to support local services by shopping on line is like not supporting your local businesses or your community. On-line shopping is the way most local citizens shop and by doing so without collecting local taxes for those purchases.
If you look at the information above you will see the proposed exterior elevation and inside floor layout for the proposed Public Safety facility. I don’t believe you will find any areas of wasted space. We were very careful to not over build at this time but to design what was needed to move us into the future with the ability to expand only if and when we need to as no doubt Ozark will continue to grow just as the need for public safety services. We focused diligently on designing a public safety facility that would achieve maximum efficiency thus enabling us to provide the best service to the citizens of Ozark. I feel confident in saying we do not currently have buildings that are “over built” but certainly have buildings that are over utilized and reaching their maximum capacity. Even in the case of The OC we have found a use for each and every area within that facility.
Square Footage of Current PD - 4,500 sqft.
Square Footage of Proposed PD – 23,000
Population of Ozark 2000 - 9665
In 2012, press reports described Ozark as the fastest-growing city in Missouri. 2010 census.
Population of Ozark 2020 – 21,976
Through the City’s focus on infrastructure improvements and economic development we have been able to recognize increased sales tax revenue. These additional revenues are being generated mainly from the Highway 65 corridor businesses which primarily serve out of state traveler’s. The new Capital Improvements proposed for the Police Department including Facility, Officer, Fleet would require an additional $1.5-$1.75M annually which is far more than the moderate increase to the 1cent general sales meaning we could not implement the Public Safety Improvement Plan outlined on our website.
Unfortunately, there is no way to know for sure. The Department of Revenue doesn’t keep track at this point. However, Nixa (which is similar in size) generated approximately $500,000 in 2018 the first year they had a Use Tax.
The Local Use Tax will be effective on the first day of the second calendar quarter following the Department of Revenue Notification. Based on that it would be effective or start collecting on April 1, 2023.
"This month I would like to take the opportunity to talk about the growing needs of our Ozark Police Department. Did you know that the Ozark Police Department’s female officers, do not have their own locker room or changing area? The Ozark Police Department has outgrown its facility. As the city population increases, so must our police presence to maintain the same level of policing we have all become accustomed to. The City of Ozark has seen a 17.7% population increase over the past decade, with estimates showing a 3.2% population increase this year alone. To meet state and national recommendations for our current population, we must hire ten or more officers. Our current police facility does not provide adequate accommodations for the 35 officers we now employ." - Mayor Bradley A. Jackson, Ozark's Newsletter September Issue
The Mayor touches on just one of the many growing needs our Police Department faces, a new facility. A new facility would give our award-winning police department the much-needed space to do more in-house training and community outreach.
Voting takes place on November 8, 2022.
The deadline to register to vote, and be able to vote on the Local Use Tax for Public Safety is on October 12, 2022.
You can register to vote online at https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register
You can find that information here, https://voteroutreach.sos.mo.gov/PRD/VoterOutreach/VOSearch.aspx