Bills concerning potential sales tax holidays will have their first readings at tonight's Fulton City Council meeting.
The City Council will meet for a work session at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 18 E. Fourth St., followed by the regular meeting. Meetings are open to the public and are streamed at fultonmo.org.
The first potential tax holiday, nicknamed the "Show Me Green Sales Tax Holiday," applies specifically to energy-efficient appliances and will take place April 19-25 if passed.
According to the text of Bill No. 1577, "the Show Me Green Sales Tax Holiday encourages the purchase of energy efficient appliances by exempting them from sales tax and incentivizing consumer awareness of and investment in energy efficient appliances can reasonably be expected to reduce energy consumption across the state."
The holiday would exempt consumers from up to $1,500 in Fulton sales taxes per Energy Star Certified appliance, including clothes washers and dryers, water heaters, trash compactors, dishwashers, ovens, ranges, stoves, air conditioners, furnaces, fridges and freezers.
The tax holiday has already passed at the state level, so Energy Star Certified appliances will be exempt from the Missouri sales tax on the above dates.
If passed, the "Back to School Sales Tax Holiday" would apply from Aug. 7-9. The exemption includes certain qualifying clothing, personal computers and school supplies. Much like the other sales tax, it's already passed at the state level, but for these purchases to be exempt from Fulton's sales tax, it must pass at the local level as well.
"The City Council finds and believes the city's participation will benefit the families in this community in preparation for the coming school year," states Bill No. 1578.
The agenda for tonight's meeting also mentions two city projects.
Resolution 3368 will authorize the mayor to sign a contract with Montgomery City-based Ecton Construction for the "2020 Jefferson Street curb and guttering renewal project."
Ecton Construction will install curb, guttering and driveway approaches along Jefferson Street between Second and Seventh streets. Ecton bid $89,095.50 on the project, easily beating out the other four bidders. They also provided a $64,285 alternate bid to install sidewalks along the same stretch of road.
A pair of resolutions addresses an ongoing contract between HDR Engineering and the city. Resolution 3366 and 3367 expand the existing contract to include two additional engineering-related services: resolving issues related to implementing the Stinson Creek Total Maximum Daily Load; and implementing the city's stormwater management plan.