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Chesterfield residents asked to weigh in on special tax district

Rendering of an ice arena proposed for the Chesterfield Valley

With an ice rink slated for possible development in Chesterfield Valley, residents are being asked to weigh in on extending a special sales tax district. To that end, Mayor Bob Nation has placed a survey on the city’s website through May 26.

“This is only a survey which will be used to gauge public opinion,” the survey announcement said. It also emphasized, “The City of Chesterfield would not own and would not have any financial participation in the ice rink.”

The Chesterfield Youth Hockey Association is spearheading the rink project, a two-sheet facility to be built in the western part of the Valley south of I-64/U.S. 40. It has asked that the existing Chesterfield Valley Transportation Development District be used to fund about $7 million in improvements to roads, parking and utilities related to the new rink.

Revenue for the improvements would come from an existing 3/8-cent sales tax collected only in Chesterfield Valley. The levy already has funded other transportation-related projects in the valley through the sale of bonds, which the sales tax revenue retires. If the tax is extended, it would continue for 15 more years beyond its current expiration date, or until the debt is paid off, whichever comes sooner.

Extending the sales tax requires a positive vote by residents in adjoining subdivisions, a number in the low hundreds, as opposed to all those living in the city. However, opponents of the TDD extension have said that anyone doing business in the valley is required to pay the higher tax, not just those who can vote on the measure.

The survey can be found online at www.chesterfield.mo.us/mayors-survey.html.

Responding to the survey, the hockey association issued a statement saying, “For 22 years, ice sports have brought millions of dollars in revenues to the Chesterfield Valley from events and leagues hosted at the Hardee’s Iceplex.  The Chesterfield Sportscomplex will continue that tradition while also providing the Chesterfield community with additional opportunities to host other community events.

“The Chesterfield Hockey Association appreciates the support received so far from the city of Chesterfield and the surrounding community.”

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