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Columbia use tax dollars to fund police, fire and infrastructure projects

Columbia’s city manager says April’s voter-approved use tax measure will bring millions of dollars in crucial new annual revenue to the city.

De’Carlon Seewood says the city is being impacted by inflation and supply shortages, and that the use tax money is critical.

“This two percent tax on out-of-state purchases will help fund essential city services moving forward such as public safety, health, infrastructure and more,” Seewood says.

He outlined the issue during Thursday’s state of the city address.

“It is anticipated that the city will collect around $5.6 million annually, which could fund up to eight police officers, seven firefighters and sidewalk and street maintenance and repairs,” says Seewood.

Use tax supporters say passage will also help local Columbia stores that have lost business to online retailers.


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