Columbia residents identified improvements to public safety, roads and storm water infrastructure as key priorities in a survey conducted by the city council. The council met Friday and Saturday in its annual planning retreat to discuss future payment options.
Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes said the survey will provide the focus for new proposals. "We're going to focus any new money we have on streets and police and storm water," Mattes said.
The council also discussed issuing a $43 million bond to pay for infrastructure improvements. The bond could raise property taxes adding an additional 18-cent tax. Suggested uses for the money included storm water repairs as well as a new police station.