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October 2019

Over the past five years, Crestwood has spent $3.1 million on street and sidewalk repairs, $5 million on facility repairs and improvements, and $1.5 million on vehicles and equipment. These capital investments are critical to the operation of the City. The funding for capital investments comes almost exclusively from a half-cent dedicated capital improvement sales tax. This year, the City used funds from the capital improvement sales tax to renovate the fire department bunk house which had not been upgraded since the 1970s, replaced worn out roof sections on City Hall, replaced concrete slabs on Dalcrest, Raycrest, Arban, Buxton, and Glencrest, repaired sidewalks, bought a new snow plow, reconstructed Rayburn Park, and bought a new police car, among other matters.

Over the next 4 years, the City anticipates using revenues from the capital improvement sales tax to repair over $2 million dollars’ worth of City streets, to continue to repair sidewalks, to replace the windows and lighting at City Hall and the Community Center with more energy efficient variants, to make repairs and upgrades to Whitecliff Park and Crestwood Park, and to replace additional older police vehicles, snow plows, and a fire truck.

The capital improvement sales tax was originally approved by Crestwood voters in 1993, and renewed for the first time in 2002. It levies a one-half of one-percent sales tax on all goods sold within the City. That sales tax is due to be renewed soon, and without voter renewal, this funding source would be eliminated in Crestwood.

The City expects to place the renewal of the capital improvement sales tax on the April 2020 ballot. Over the coming months, more information will be coming to residents about this important issue.

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