Columbia’s Daily Dish (April 28, 2009)

A smattering of links about Columbia’s growth and development.

Senators debate higher education building bonds (Columbia Missourian) — A proposal that would create a funding option for $700 million worth of higher education capital projects faced opposition from Senate Democrats in a committee hearing Monday afternoon. The measure, which is sponsored by Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, passed the House on April 16 with a 131-28 vote.
• $1 billion in tax cuts passes Missouri House committee (Columbia Missourian) — An amendment that would create a $1 billion, two-year income tax cut passed the House Tax Reform Committee on Monday. Some Democrat representatives criticized the cuts as only benefiting the wealthiest of Missourians. The Columbia Daily Tribune’s story is here.
Bioreactor means more energy output from city’s landfill (Columbia Daily Tribune) — Columbia will be home to the first landfill in Missouri and one of only 10 in the nation to use a new technology to speed up methane gas production and use it as a renewable energy source.
Budget cuts hit model program (Columbia Daily Tribune) — For the second consecutive year, the Columbia Board of Education has cut those stipends allowing for teachers to visit their students’ homes twice a year, setting back a program that was meant to spread to other Columbia schools. Rather than expanding the brainchild of former Superintendent Phyllis Chase, budget cuts have diminished the program at the building where it started.
County officials wary of stimulus-fed grants (Columbia Daily Tribune) — Federal stimulus money could pay for several law enforcement-related grants for Boone County, but county government leaders want to make sure the grants do not require continuing programs and positions when stimulus funding runs out.
Feral cats raise animal control concerns in Columbia (The Maneater) — Environmental Health Manager Gerry Worley said the growing number of people in the community has increased the number of pets being released into the city. As director of animal control in Columbia, Worley has received thousands of requests from citizens in need of assistance with animals.
• Proposed renovations to Tiger Hotel could use TIF funds (The Maneater) — A staple of Columbia’s stout skyline might soon be back in business. The Tiger, whose sign can be seen miles from Columbia’s downtown area, could once again become a fully functional hotel if the city approves a financing plan to fund renovations to the building with city tax revenue.


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