CITY COUNCIL HEARS PRESENTATION ON INCREASING SALES TAX AND WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN WITH CITY OWNED PROPERTY NEAR DOWNTOWN
The Greenville City Council held their regular monthly meeting Tuesday night at the Municipal Building.
The Council heard a presentation by Keith Moran of Moran Economic Development regarding the development of a business district that would allow additional sales taxes and hotel taxes to be collected, the money to be used in an area designated as blighted.
The program is solely sales tax based and does not impact real estate taxes. Most communities use the money for infrastructure improvements. Food and prescription drug items are exempt from the tax increase.
The current sales tax in Greenville is 6.75 percent, that breaks down as follows: State – 5 percent, City – 1 percent, County – 0.25 percent and Non-Home Rule – 0.5 percent.
If the business district is pursued, the increase would probably be 1 percent which would bring the total to 7.75 percent. Effingham, Edwardsville and Collinsville have established BDs and their rates are 7.5, 7.85 and 9.1 percent, respectively.
After a good deal of discussion, the Council asked City Manager Dave Willey to bring a proposal that shows some boundaries that might be used to establish business districts.
The Council then approved a $2,500 engineering proposal to pursue an ITEP grant to build sidewalks from Love’s Travel Stop to the existing sidewalks on Harris Avenue.
The Council continued discussions from last month’s meeting regarding possible uses for the downtown parking lot on 2nd Street, between South and Spring Streets. Some of the discussion related to building a pavilion-style structure on the lot that would allow cover and electric utilities.
The current proposal was to provide two designs, one for a landscaped parking lot and one for a community use space. Instead, the Council asked staff to have the proposal changed to two different community use designs, not to exceed the amount already quoted, $11,600 and to ask that one community education session be added.
CLASSIC CARS, HOLLYWOOD STAR, TOP 40 SINGER TO HIGHLIGHT CAR SHOW
Come see the cars and stars Saturday, June 15, at the second Annual Greenville Graffiti Car Show. Registration is from 9:00 a.m. – noon with awards presented at 3:00. Entries must be 1985 or older. The cost is $15.00 for judging and $7.00 for display only. Donna Douglas, who played Elly Mae Clampett on “The Beverly Hillbillies,” will sign autographs from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. She will also be a celebrity judge for the car show. Ronnie Rice, lead singer of the group New Colony Six, is the featured entertainment for the car show. His concert will be a musical journey through rock and roll’s greatest hits. St. Louis Rams cheerleaders will be signing autographs and posing for photos from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. A cupcake eating contest, Clampett Look-a-Like contest, and craft and vendor show complete the planned activities. For more information, call 664-9272.
GREENVILLE SOFTBALLER NAMED TO 3RD ALL STATE TEAM
The IHSA has named Greenville High School’s Heather Wernle to the 3rd All State Softball Team. Coach Doug Fletcher told WGEL that Wernle was a four-year letter winner and three-time first team all-conference player. She will be attending Maryville in the fall to pursue softball and her education.