Boonville's City Council met for their regularly-scheduled meeting last night. Below is a partial summary.
All Council Members were present for Monday night's City Council meeting. Following roll call, Boonville citizen Bob Kempf and David Gaines, of the Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation, addressed members during the normally-alloted Citizen's Comment portion of the meeting. Kempf thanked the City for completed work on the newly-added Main Street sidewalk addition. He also addressed issues of street proportionment and taxation. Gaines provided an update on MAEDC's attempts to incorporate all of Cooper County into an enhanced enterprise. Gaines informed Council that the first application has been denied. "We feel this is a very important tool for economic development for our existing business community and for those interested in Cooper County as a potential place for investment," he said. Boonville, Pilot Grove and Blackwater would be incorporated into one zone according to Gaines – currently known as Cooper County North. Salaries and accounts against Boonville were listed following Gaine's brief address to Council. Alloted for the City's general fund was $404,694.60. Sanitiation totaled $21,127.22 and the CIP Tax was $39,469.58. Water Works totaled $64,206.90 and Waste Water totaled $55,242.01. Tourism was $8,993.24 and Gaming was $10,398.40. For unfinished business, a second reading of Bill No. 2012-021 – Establishing the Tax Levy for Fiscal Year 2012-13 took place – "An ordinance of the City of Boonville, Missouri, establishing a rate of taxes to be levied on all properties subject to taxes in the City of Boonville, Missouri, for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2012." "This is one thing that we did lead the citizens of Boonville to believe – that we'd tried to do away with property taxes. I know it's hard to do, but I would ask again this year that we might look at some other ways that we're spending our money and at least reduce it if we can't cover it," said Ward 4 Representative, Morris Carter. Much discussion centered around Bill No. 2012-021. Due to time constraints, the remainder of the bill discussion and City Council's meeting will be printed later in the week. A voting wrap-up concerning the bill, however, is listed as follows. In favor were Ward 2 Representatives Noah Heaton and Henry Hurt, Ward 1 Reps. Kathleen Conway and Mike Kelley, Ward 4 Rep. Mark Livingston and Ward 3 Rep. Hayes Murray. Opposed were Rep. Ned Beach, of Ward 3, and Ward 4 Rep. Morris Carter.