CHILLICOTHE, MO – Official ballot language proposing a sales tax increase in the city of Chillicothe has been decided upon. However, a vote by council members has not been taken.

During a council meeting Monday, members were informed a vote could not be taken because of a previously unknown law enacted in 2010 which requires public notice of four days before council may vote on ballot language for tax increases.

City Administrator, Darin Chappell, indicated the city was overdue for a sales tax increase.

The quarter cent tax increase would be authorized for use to acquire and improve police services, equipment, and manpower.
The next meeting, on the 27th, is only one day before the ballot language is due in the County Clerk’s office for appearance April 7.

The public notice required by law, reads as follows:

“This is a public notice that the Chillicothe City Council will meet in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 715 Washington Street, Chillicothe Missouri on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 6:30 pm at consider an ordinance calling for a special election to be held concurrently with the municipal election on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 to propose a ¼ of 1% general sales tax increase to support the Police Department.”

“ ‘Shall the City of Chillicothe, Missouri, be authorized to increase its general sales tax by one-quarter of one percent (1/4 of 1%), to be used to acquire and/or improve police facilities, acquire police equipment, maintain police services, and recruit, train and retain police officers?’ ”