SB 5 will Negatively Impact Public Services
 
Posted on Thursday February 19, 2015
 
If Senate Bill 5 passes, the citizens of Weldon Spring would either have to vote to tax themselves more, or would have to choose which of the already limited city services to cut or eliminate.
 

Senate Bill 5 Negatively Impacts Public Services

Senate Bill 5 introduced by Senator Eric Schmitt of Glendale proposes to modify the current “Macks Creek Law” by reducing from 30% to 10% the percentage of municipal general operating revenue which could be funded through traffic ticket fines. If ticket revenue exceeds this percentage cap, the excess would be turned over to the State. Senate Bill 5 (SB 5) has passed the State Senate and now moves to the Missouri House of Representatives for consideration.


For many smaller municipalities, this bill could result in a significant loss of revenue. Such municipalities would be forced to choose between reducing public services (possibly including a reduction in public safety funding), or raising taxes to maintain current levels of service.


Currently the City of Weldon Spring derives about 17% of its revenue from traffic tickets. This percentage results not from the large number of traffic tickets, but rather from the small municipal budget. For instance, the City contracts with St. Charles County to provide police services. The police write an average of about 1 ticket per shift. This hardly makes Weldon Spring a speed trap.


If this bill passes, the citizens of Weldon Spring would either have to vote to tax themselves more, or would have to choose which of the already limited city services to cut or eliminate.


If you have questions about how this will impact Weldon Spring or other communities please contact your Alderman, Mayor Licklider or the City Administrator, Michael Padella.


Please contact your state legislators about this critical issue!


Rep. Kurt Bahr – District 102, Republican

Phone: 573-751-9768

Email: [email protected]


Rep. John Wiemann – District 103, Republican

Phone: 573-751-2176

Email: [email protected]


Rep. Bill Otto – District 70, Democrat 

Phone: 573-751-4163

Email: [email protected]


Senator Tom Dempsey – District 23, Republican 

Phone: 573-751-1141

Email: [email protected]

 

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