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This is the first phase of a major revitalization effort in the Historic Downtown. Over eight thousand feet (8,000’) of water main and three hundred feet (300’) of sanitary sewer main are being installed to replace the aging infrastructure located in our Central Business District. The goal is to provide better service and fire protection, while at the same time preparing the Downtown for future revitalization.
Phase I of the project will consist of replacing the existing water and sewer infrastructure. The project started August 17th and is set to be completed by early February 2021.
Crews will typically not be working during weekends, or downtown special events. Some night work will be required to mitigate negative impacts and avoid prolonged disruption of service. Any weekend work or night work will be communicated to the public in advance.
Your utility service will only be affected when switching over to the new infrastructure. All new utility services will be performed in coordination with owners and residents to avoid service interruptions. Some of this work may need to take place after hours to accomplish.
City Staff has been working with the contractor in an effort to minimize the negative impacts that does occur during the construction project. Progress comes with a price, and sometimes that price does cause some headaches. However, we have a contract that limits the amount of parking spaces that will be obstructed during construction. We structured this contact in this manner because we understand the importance of maintaining available parking. Additionally, we will be working closely with the Historic River District, local business owners and community stakeholders to ensure that as construction moves forward we mitigate any unnecessary parking issues.
Once the water and sanitary sewer improvements are completed, the City will begin working on major roadway and pedestrian improvements. Final plans for Phase II will go out to bid in April of 2021.
The City of Ozark's budget is cyclic in nature and begins January 1 through December 31. Departments budget a year in advance, and the budget is updated quarterly to ensure proper administration. The next year's budget must be planned by department heads and the city administrator, accounted for, and approved by the Board of Aldermen a year in advance.
The current tax rate for the City of Ozark is 8.35%. The City of Ozark receives a total of 2.375% from that percentage.
It’s from taxes. We have no other way to generate taxes. Living in Ozark and not paying taxes to support local services by shopping on line is like not supporting your local businesses or your community. On-line shopping is the way most local citizens shop and by doing so without collecting local taxes for those purchases.
If you look at the information above you will see the proposed exterior elevation and inside floor layout for the proposed Public Safety facility. I don’t believe you will find any areas of wasted space. We were very careful to not over build at this time but to design what was needed to move us into the future with the ability to expand only if and when we need to as no doubt Ozark will continue to grow just as the need for public safety services. We focused diligently on designing a public safety facility that would achieve maximum efficiency thus enabling us to provide the best service to the citizens of Ozark. I feel confident in saying we do not currently have buildings that are “over built” but certainly have buildings that are over utilized and reaching their maximum capacity. Even in the case of The OC we have found a use for each and every area within that facility.
Square Footage of Current PD - 4,500 sqft.
Square Footage of Proposed PD – 23,000
Population of Ozark 2000 - 9665
In 2012, press reports described Ozark as the fastest-growing city in Missouri. 2010 census.
Population of Ozark 2020 – 21,976
Through the City’s focus on infrastructure improvements and economic development we have been able to recognize increased sales tax revenue. These additional revenues are being generated mainly from the Highway 65 corridor businesses which primarily serve out of state traveler’s. The new Capital Improvements proposed for the Police Department including Facility, Officer, Fleet would require an additional $1.5-$1.75M annually which is far more than the moderate increase to the 1cent general sales meaning we could not implement the Public Safety Improvement Plan outlined on our website.
Unfortunately, there is no way to know for sure. The Department of Revenue doesn’t keep track at this point. However, Nixa (which is similar in size) generated approximately $500,000 in 2018 the first year they had a Use Tax.
The Local Use Tax will be effective on the first day of the second calendar quarter following the Department of Revenue Notification. Based on that it would be effective or start collecting on April 1, 2023.
Yes, a number of our neighboring cities such as; Springfield, Nixa, Willard, West Plains and many more. There are more than 230 cities across Missouri that have established a Use Tax.
"This month I would like to take the opportunity to talk about the growing needs of our Ozark Police Department. Did you know that the Ozark Police Department’s female officers, do not have their own locker room or changing area? The Ozark Police Department has outgrown its facility. As the city population increases, so must our police presence to maintain the same level of policing we have all become accustomed to. The City of Ozark has seen a 17.7% population increase over the past decade, with estimates showing a 3.2% population increase this year alone. To meet state and national recommendations for our current population, we must hire ten or more officers. Our current police facility does not provide adequate accommodations for the 35 officers we now employ." - Mayor Bradley A. Jackson, Ozark's Newsletter September Issue
The Mayor touches on just one of the many growing needs our Police Department faces, a new facility. A new facility would give our award-winning police department the much-needed space to do more in-house training and community outreach.
Voting takes place on November 8, 2022.
The deadline to register to vote, and be able to vote on the Local Use Tax for Public Safety is on October 12, 2022.
You can register to vote online at https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register
You can find that information here, https://voteroutreach.sos.mo.gov/PRD/VoterOutreach/VOSearch.aspx
To request a copy of an incident report you can come by the Ozark Police Department, located @ 201 E Brick St, Ozark Mo.,or call us @ 417-581-7914, Fax us @ 417-581-8804, or email us @ firstname.lastname@example.org. The following information is necessary: your name, telephone number, address, location of the incident, date of the incident, case number of the incident if you have it and a valid email address.
At any given time there are officers on the street, available to respond to calls for service. The Police Department counts on the citizens of Ozark to alert us to unusual situations. Any time someone calls, a dispatcher will take the information, ask questions, decide what or whom to send, and assess the urgency of the call. Each call for service will be handled, though obviously the higher priority calls may be taken first. If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1. For non-emergency calls, please use (417) 581-6600. The Ozark Police Department encourages all neighborhoods to form neighborhood watch groups. Watch groups provide extra eyes and ears in our neighborhoods. Contact one of our Crime Prevention officers for further details on starting a watch in your neighborhood.