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Columbia’s retiring city manager is optimistic about April use tax ballot measure

Columbia’s outgoing city manager says the April use tax ballot measure is not a tax increase, and that this should have happened before.

Retiring Columbia city manager John Glascock tells 939 the Eagle’s “CEO Round Table” that the two percent use tax would be on purchases made outside of city limits.

“60 percent of that goes to public safety. And then a portion of it goes to parks and then streets. And then the other one percent goes for your transportation sales tax, half of the one percent goes to transportation sales tax. A quarter of it goes to capital,” Glascock says.

Glascock says that include items like police stations and fire trucks, which can cost $1-million each. He says the use tax would bring in $5 million to $10 million annually in revenue.

Click here to hear the interview between host Fred Parry and Mr. Glascock.

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