CIP Sales Tax

Capital Improvements Program

On August 7, 2018 voters approved the continuation of the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) half-cent sales tax. The CIP has been in existence since 1989, and is a source of funding for major public infrastructure in the city of St. Joseph. 

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  • The CIP ensures safe roads to travel, recreational amenities to improve the quality of life for our residents and visitors, public safety, and resources to maintain existing public facilities.
  • The 5-year CIP will generate approximately $25 million in revenue. Revenue generated will create jobs and stimulate business investment throughout our community.
  • The CIP has a sunset; voters must approve this half-cent sales tax every five years.
  • Approximately 42% of sales tax is paid by those who don’t live here but use our streets, enjoy our amenities and can call on public safety personnel when needed.
  • A 25-member citizens committee reviewed and selected the projects to be considered by voters.
  • The top five major projects include: asphalt streets, a new fire station, Hyde Park water feature, grading work at Eastowne Business Park, and a new ladder truck for the fire department. Other projects include improvements to parks and parks restrooms, Horace Mann and John Lucas park improvements, repairs to Wyeth-Tootle Mansion and City Hall, funding for a new animal shelter, and capital funds for Rosecrans Memorial Airport which supports operations of the 139th Airlift Wing.
  • It’s not a new tax. The CIP sales tax has been in existence for nearly 30 years and has been extended by voters five times.

CIP Project Schedule FY19-24 (PDF)

2019 Proposed Project List (PDF)

2019 Proposed Project Summary (PDF)

CIP Projects 1989 to 2013 (PDF)

CIP General Information (PDF)

CIP Committee Members: 

Ron Allen, Drew Brown, Ben Burtnett, Cameron Corbet, Madison Davis, Bob Dempster, Maggie Elder, Teresa Fankhauser, Karen Foley, Hamilton Henderson, Jim Hower, Kendel Kafer, Jay Kerner, Brad McAnally, Scott Meierhoffer, Marty Novak, Randy Parlett, J.L. Robertson, Dennis Rosonke, Gary Silvey, Travis Smith, Ramadhan Washington, Gary Westcott, Jerome Williams

For more information, please contact the city manager’s office at 816-271-4610 or email Mary Robertson.