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It was Alan.  He will be giving the presentation on the 15th as well.  I hope folks come and tell us what they want.  The Mayor and the City Council are really trying to repond to what people are telling them they want.  If the park sales tax along with the elimination of the personal property tax is approved, there is a lot more than just an aquatics center/ new community center that we are looking at.  However, we need to know what people want.  We toured a number of facilities other cities have last summer so we have some ideas as to what is out there.
 
 

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The forum is open to all who want to come and express their ideas for what you think is needed in the St. Robert park system and what you would like to see in a Community Center/Aquatics Facility if we are able to build one.  You are welcome to attend, even if you do not live in the City.  We realize that many of the folks who use the parks do not live in the city.
 
Kevin Hillman
St. Robert City Attorney

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City Government Opinion / Re: SR police getting sued
« on: May 31, 2008, 03:11:21 AM »
SaintAnthony,

The lawsuit is proceeding in U.S. District Court in Springfield.  It is in the discovery phase.  It is set for trial in July 2009.

Kevin Hillman
St. Robert City Attorney

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City Government Opinion / Re: What is TIF?
« on: May 14, 2008, 06:36:40 PM »
The movie theater would be in the redevelopment area where the old burned out motel is now in St. Robert.  Right now it is just a proposal, but it is in the plan.  There is about 100 acres of land in that area so more than enough for lots of businesses.  I feel your pain about the kids, I have two small daughters myself.

Kevin Hillman, St. Robert City Attorney

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City Government Opinion / Re: What is TIF?
« on: May 14, 2008, 04:56:40 PM »
Rick, no the developer pays all of the costs of the plan.  He had to deposit $20k with the city before we would even start. 
The big issue in Rolla was that they were trying to force folks to move through emminent domain.  We are not doing that, and as a policy do not do that in St. Robert.  This is all voluntary by the owner.
As a fellow Shriner I have thought about whether we could do anything at the club.  A TIF would not work because the area would not meet the blight standards and the expense would be too great.  You are in the ballpark with $100k in expenses for the developer to set this up.  A CID could work but CIDs need a business that produces sales tax and the only business out there is our own club.  As such, we would be taxing ourselves.  The only benefit would be in the types of bonds we might be able to issue.  I still do not think it is economically feasable but I will do some more reasearch. 
I also want to clarify something that was incorrect in the paper.  The convention center would be built by the developer and not the city.  If anything, we are looking at a recreation center and aquatic center but I want to emphasize that we are merely laying the groundwork for the future.  If we don't lay the groundwork now, then we can never do it. Once we get this in place, we will probably see if the other cities want to cooperate.   Family entertainment is something that is being looked at very seriously for this area, and I can tell you a new movie theater is in the plans already.
Finally, I want to emphasize that the law enforcement tax has nothing to do with this plan.  I am sorry it is getting tied to this, but none of us here at the city even thought of it as we have been working through all of this.  We are simply trying to fix a bad area of St. Robert and make it into something that everyone can benefit from instead of the eyesore and hazard that it is now.
Hope that helps answer some of the questions.  Keep them coming as I want to make sure everyone knows what we are doing.
Kevin Hillman, St. Robert City Attorney

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City Government Opinion / Re: What is TIF?
« on: May 14, 2008, 01:56:50 PM »
I agree that the developer gets an advantage under TIF, but he also is taking care of a blighted area that no one is going to fix without assistance.  Please keep in mind that Rolla, Lebanon, and the Lake area are waiting with the same type of proposals.  As such, if St. Robert does not stay competitive with those cities by offering incentives, we will lose the new development and that would hurt the exisiting businesses even more.  The Fields property as it exists now is hurting the city and all of the business on Missouri Ave because it is a blighted area.  It is the 1st thing folks see when they come off FLW.
The CID is not meant to help or hurt the Law Enforcement tax issue, we have been working this plan long before that debate came up.  Also, we were in this process when Waynesville came with the pool idea and we could not reveal where we were at that time because of this plan.  We are trying to put into place a mechanism that would allow us to have funding to do something everyone in the community seems to want.  You are right that a lot of things have to come together to make it work, but we are trying.
Again, if anyone wants to look at the plan or see what we are doing, please come by St. Robert City Hall and see me.  I am more than happy to show you.  I am glad that so many folks are interested in what we are doing.
Kevin Hillman, St. Robert City Attorney

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City Government Opinion / Re: What is TIF?
« on: May 14, 2008, 04:15:37 AM »
I just wanted to clarify a couple of the comments on TIF financing.  You are right that TIF stands for tax increment financing.  It can generally be used only in a "blighted area."  I do not think there is any question that the Fields Hotel is considered blighted.  It does not abate the taxes for the new business coming into St. Robert in the redevelopment area.  The businesses still pay the same tax rate as all of the other businesses in town so there is no unfair advantage to the new business.  Instead, it funnels a portion of the newly generated property tax and sales tax back to the developer to reimburse him for clean-up costs and costs of the infastructure.  For example, if a property generates $100 in property tax before redevelopment and $1100 after redevelopment, that additional $1000 in new money is subject to TIF.  In the case of the proposed TIF in St. Robert, 75% would go back to the developer and 25% would be "passed through" to the city, county, schools etc.  In addition, 50% of the new sales tax would be subject to TIF as well.  In addition, there will be a CID or community improvement district added in this area.  This would levy an additional 1% sales tax in this area only and that money could be used to build an aquatic center if all goes well.  All of this is subject to what the developer is able to bring in.  If you have any questions about the TIF plan, please feel free to contact me.
Kevin Hillman, St. Robert City Attorney
573-451-2000 ext 1110 or khillman@saintrobert.com

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