image
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
Phone: (314) 843-0102
|
Fax: (314) 843-0508
|
flag image

City needs to address AFPD costs, resident says


Crestwood paid fire district more than $450,000 in '12


Kari Williams
Staff Reporter
January 30, 2013 - One resident believes Crestwood officials need to address the rising cost of the city's payments to the Affton Fire Protection District before the Board of Aldermen places a tax-rate increase before voters.

Ron Herring told the Board of Aldermen last week he agrees with the need for a tax-rate increase – but not until concerns about the Affton Fire Protection District, or AFPD, are addressed.

"Until this group of people does something about the tax-flow problem with the Affton Fire District, I don't see how you can, in good faith, ask us taxpayers to pay more money ...," Herring said.

A 290-acre section of Crestwood, between Grant and Rock Hill roads, was annexed by the city in 1997 and is served by the AFPD.

Properties in the annexed area have the AFPD's tax rates, and Crestwood is required to make payments to the AFPD based on the assessed valuation of homes in the annexed area, multiplied by the Affton tax rate.

Affton voters last April approved a 26-cent tax-rate increase for the fire district, increasing Crestwood's costs.

In 2011, Crestwood paid the fire district $344,196.64. In December 2012, Crestwood paid the AFPD $450,779.15.

Ward 3 Alderman Jerry Miguel told the board if a tax-rate increase will be put on the ballot in August that process "needs to be accomplished by this board."

Ward 4 Alderman John Foote said Miguel made an "excellent point" and the city does not "have a whole lot of options open to (it)."

"We need to really take a good, hard look at our revenue streams and make sure those are sufficient to cover our bases," Foote said, "and if not, we certainly need to bring our residents on board and familiarize them with what we face and allow their input to move along and support their wishes."

Ward 2 Alderman Tim Trueblood requested city staff bring the following in-formation to the board for its next meeting: whether it is legal to include in the ballot language for tax-rate increase that the funds, if approved, would be used to "pay for the Affton Fire District costs," and what the change in the tax rate would need to be to account for costs paid to the AFPD.

Resident Dave Brophy told the board it was "unfortunate" that new City Administrator Mark Sime was not involved in the tax-rate-increase conversation.

"I think it's very important that as soon as possible he begin attending these meetings and be a participant in any tax discussions of sales tax and requirements for it," Brophy said. "I believe that his knowledge and background and potential input will be very important to the process ... I would feel much more comfortable if the new city administrator plays an active role right from the beginning of the discussion."

Mayor Jeff Schlink said involving Sime in the discussion is officials' intention.

Sime was in attendance, but did not speak regarding the potential tax-rate increase ballot measure.


Tags: Crestwood News


  • Related Editorial
    Impact News
    Local meeting guide 2017
    Jan 08 2014
    All meeting times, dates and locations are subject to change for 2017. ...
    Impact News
    Total Eclipse 2017: No shortage of events for total eclipse
    ‘Excitement is building’ for first total eclipse in St. Louis since 1442, Stenger says
    Aug 16 2017
    As the path of totality of the Great American Solar Eclipse crosses directly through south county next week, schools, residents and government agencies are gearing up for what could be a once-in-a-lifetime ...
    Impact News
    Lindbergh community celebrates opening of Dressel Elementary
    School will be a ‘relief valve’ to ease district overcrowding
    Aug 09 2017
    A ribbon-cutting ceremony last week marking the grand opening of Lindbergh Schools’ state-of-the-art new Dressel Elementary School was “a historic day,” according to Superintendent Jim Simpson....
    Opinions
    Transparency continuing to take a hit under Stump
    'Call the Tune' by Mike Anthiony: Crestwood becomes opaque with city attorney’s guidance
    Aug 09 2017
    Simple math apparently is a topic protected by attorney-client privilege in Crestwood....
    Sports
    Crestwood to offer 13th annual Kids’ Triathlon
    Aug 09 2017
    The Crestwood Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor its 13th annual Kids’ Triathlon at 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Aquatic Center at Whitecliff Park, 9245 Whitecliff Park Lane....
  • Pitch It & Forget It
Site Search


Weather
Type in your zip code and click "Go" to get your 7-day forecast.
Visit www.crh.noaa.gov