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The third petition effort this year
COLUMBIA, Mo 12/19/14 (Beat Byte) -- Braving the shark-infested waters of a Columbia City Council and political culture many see as too authoritarian, a statewide group is joining CoMo citizens seeking repeal of three city ordinances.
Bistate Regional Advocates for Vaping Education (BRAVE) announced it will join Keep Columbia Free to fight Columbia "ordinances passed last Monday that raised the tobacco sale age to 21 and banned the use of e-cigarettes indoors ."
A Missouri consumer advocacy, BRAVE promotes vapor products , commonly known as e-cigarettes.
Ordinance sponsors and supporters cited public health concerns, and only one Council member, 5th Ward representative Laura Nauser , voted against the new restrictions. "She followed her libertarian principles rig...
City Hall's "small business" enterprises generate big profits
COLUMBIA, Mo 12/17/14 (Beat Byte) -- Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid this week proposed transferring $5 million from the city's General Fund to fire and police pensions.
But wait! The General Fund -- which pays for active-duty firefighters and police officers -- was so broke that just last month, McDavid insisted the public increase property taxes. So how can the city take $5 million from it for pensions?
The answer: by using money from the General Fund's "Unrestricted" portion, at last count $26,350,000 .
City Hall has over $144 million in so-called Unrestricted accounts, money that can be used for anything, hence the name "unrestricted." Over $100 million of unrestricted money sits in the city's so-called "Enterprise" accounts , divided in...
$20 million to subsidize power for new development
COLUMBIA, Mo 12/15/14 (Beat Byte) -- Plans for another giant bond issue from Columbia City Hall -- $67 million for electric infrastructure and rate hikes to pay the bond debt -- prompts a question: When will enough be enough?
With City Hall's history of subsidizing Big Business and Big Development with public money, maybe never. Look at the red flags.
Mayor Bob McDavid threw up a big red flag over electric rates at the Columbia City Council's Sept. 2 meeting. Hizzoner played the Jobs Card , insisting City Hall keep electric rates low for "big employers".
"McDavid commented that Columbia had companies that EMPLOYED A LOT OF PEOPLE , such as Kraft Foods , that were high energy users," the minutes show . "McDavid thought...Columbia WAS ALREADY A MORE...
Troubled train's fourth sale pending
Little-reported third sale delivers final blow
Signers deliver hundreds of recall votes
City Hall's largest cash stash
COLUMBIA, Mo 12/3/14...