BRIDGETON, Mo. (KMOX) – Bridgeton city leaders are scratching their heads at what to do after voters approved a tax to pay off debt for a new community center but didn’t approve the debt itself.
Mayor Conrad Bowers explains: “The sales tax issue did pass, the bond issue did not. It required two-thirds favorable vote, 66 percent, and it only received 60 percent.”
The sales tax measure would raise the tax by 25 cents.
Because a majority still voted yes on the bond issue, Bowers says he and Bridgeton City Council members feel comfortable exploring other borrowing possibilities to pay for construction of a new community center.
“There’s some problems, structural problems. In fact, the Parks Department looked at it, looked at it in depth, to renovate it and update it to meet the current needs, we’re talking about almost $12 million,” he explains.
Instead, the city hopes to build a new center for about $17 million.