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Politics
3:08 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Matthes proposes property tax to hire new police officers, firefighters

Columbia PD is urging people to take caution before leaving the city before spring break.
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City Manager Mike Matthes is proposing that the city ask voters to approve a property tax increase and to renew the Capital Improvement Sales Tax in order to fund Columbia police and fire departments. Matthes announced this when presenting the proposed 2015 fiscal year budget at a press conference Friday morning.

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Business
5:12 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

CAT TV left out of Columbia's proposed fiscal year budget, again

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The city of Columbia finance department confirmed Thursday that funding for Columbia Access Television, or CAT TV, will not be included in the 2015 fiscal year budget.

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Politics
5:04 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Columbia city manager: Infrastructure priority for next budget

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Officials with the city of Columbia will be taking a hard look at improving infrastructure during budget meetings this year.

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Business
4:16 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

City of Columbia considers retail surveyors for sales tax revenue

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The City of Columbia may hire a company to survey sales tax revenue within the retail economy of the city.

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Politics
5:27 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Columbia City Council will not support TIF proposal

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  Monday night, Columbia City Council voted 5-2 against a plan for a tax increment financing district that City Manager Mike Matthes had been promoting. The TIF would’ve paid for infrastructure projects in the downtown area.

Council member, Ian Thomas, had been hearing a lot of concern about the TIF the week prior to the meeting. He says people did not fully understand it and that they felt it was not constant with community plans. He says this concern was echoed in the meeting.

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Intersection
4:39 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

TIFs and downtown development in Columbia

At a meeting tonight, members of Columbia’s City Council are expected to vote on a resolution offering preliminary support for a downtown TIF district. The idea, which would fund downtown infrastructure improvements, would freeze sales and property taxes for up to 23 years – money from any additional future revenue increases would then be diverted to a special fund for those improvements.

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Business
9:11 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Columbia Airport adds second daily flight to Chicago

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The Columbia Regional Airport is adding a second daily flight to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.

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Politics
10:22 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Columbia City Council’s Clark Lane plan raises safety concerns

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Columbia City Council has approved a plan that narrows the lanes on Columbia’s busy Clark Lane, and adds a shoulder to the road.

A city council report of possible road construction on Clark Lane in Columbia was met with protest at the City Council meeting Monday night. The plan calls for narrowing the 12 foot lanes of Clark Lane by one foot in each lane and adding at six foot shoulder.

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Politics
3:33 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Columbia City Council renews CAT-TV funding

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Columbia Access Television is set to receive funding once again under the city's newly proposed budget.

CAT-TV, was not originally included in the fiscal year 2014 budget proposed by the Columbia City Council. But now, because of a $200,000 surplus from last year, the city council has amended the budget to provide that money to CAT-TV. Council members made the change during Tuesday's city council meeting.

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Intersection
5:04 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Columbia city manager discusses proposed 2014 budget

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Politics
4:46 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Columbia city council discusses infrastructure at annual planning retreat

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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.

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Politics
8:56 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Boone County: 130 calls to 911 each month unanswered for more than 60 seconds

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On April 2, Boone County residents vote on whether the county should increase its sales tax to fund improvements to its 911 dispatch center.

Boone County Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill said there haven’t been any major changes to the center since 1990s. Currently in Boone County, 130 calls each month take more than 60 seconds to answer, while industry standard dictates that most calls are processed within 15 seconds.

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes said the joint communications and 911 dispatch center needs to keep up with Boone County’s growing population.

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Arts and Culture
4:39 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

I-70 construction to start at Stadium Blvd.

Construction on I-70 at Stadium Blvd. will start Monday and last into next fall.
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Construction of a new interchange on Interstate 70 at Stadium Boulevard will start next week.

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Arts and Culture
8:43 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Niedermeyer fate sparks conversation about CoMo's C-2 zoning

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Although the historic Niedermeyer house likely will remain standing, the ordeal sparked a city-wide conversation about historic preservation, zoning and development.  North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association gathered Monday night to discuss changes they would like to see for the city’s zoning ordinances.  Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes asked the group to prepare their thoughts about C-2, commercial zoning in the central business distr

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PM Newscasts
6:19 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Delta service ends, American begins at Columbia Regional Airport

Delta Airlines has discontinued its service at Columbia Regional Airport.
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Delta Airlines discontinued its service at Columbia Regional Airport today, while American Airlines will launch its daily non-stop flights to Chicago and Dallas tomorrow.

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Crime
11:30 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Columbia Police Department names Deputy Chief finalists

From left: Administrative Support Captain Dianne Bernhard, Internal Affairs Lieutenant Shelley Jones and Public Relations Unit Sergeant Jill Schlude.
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The Columbia Police Department says even though it conducted a nationwide search to find the new Deputy Chief of Police, the three finalists for the job are all officers currently with the department.

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Politics
11:09 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Columbia Police Captains now "at will" employees

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The Columbia City Council has approved an amendment that changes the status of Columbia's Police Captains from classified to unclassified employees. Under the new classification the police captains lose their right to due process and are now "at will" employees under Police Chief Kenneth Burton.

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Politics
11:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Columbia City Council passes 2013 budget

City Manager Mike Matthes
Janet Saidi KBIA

The Columbia City Council passed its budget for the 2013 fiscal year Monday night. Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes says one of the main focuses this year was to try to relieve the general fund by closing the gap between revenues and expenses by a million dollars.

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Business
5:45 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

New Downtown Incubator attracts entrepreneurs and English teachers

City Manager Mike Matthes speaks with the founders of Rockupied at the official opening of the Columbia Downtown Incubator
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If you’ve got a sharp eye you might have noticed a new building in downtown Columbia.  Last week the City of Columbia and local entrepreneurial group The League of Innovators officially opened the Brent and Erica Beshore Downtown Incubator. 

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Politics
2:36 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Columbia council approves consultant for zoning issues

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Columbia City Council voted Monday night to hire an outside consulting service to help with the revision of the city’s zoning ordinances and subdivision regulations. Council members hope hiring an outside consultant to focus on city-specific zoning issues will help spur urban growth. Community Development Director Tim Teddy says the project would be a multiyear effort.

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Politics
7:23 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

City Manager presents 2013 budget proposal

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes said the budget brings the city closer to closing its budget gap.
Janet Saidi KBIA

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes is asking council members to consider his recommended budget for the 2013 fiscal year. He says the proposal comes closer to balancing the city’s budget gap by 2014.

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Politics
11:24 am
Thu June 28, 2012

City planners seek feedback on adding more Tax Increment Financing districts

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes, left, Feb. 9 of this year.
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Columbia officials are seeking feedback from the public on TIFs – or Tax Increment Financing, and its impact on the city. 

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Business Beat
5:26 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Farmers stick with corn despite challenges

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This week on the show: Columbia’s City Manager talks about the direction of the local economy. Plus, farmers continue to plant corn despite failing efforts to combat rootworm.

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PM Newscasts
4:59 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Newscast for April 26, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Columbia City Manager stands behind police chief Ken Burton.
  • A possible minimum wage increase.
  • Whistleblowers could face reduced protections
Columbia Police Department
4:48 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Columbia City Manager stands behind police chief

The Columbia Fraternal Order of Police, or FOP, is calling for the removal of Police Chief Ken Burton.  The Mayor and City Manager were sent a 349-page complaint that detailed grievances against Burton and his alleged violations.  City Manager Mike Matthes responded with his support of the embattled police chief.

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Police Review
2:34 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Report says Columbia Police Department environment is "approaching toxicity"

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes has announced plans to implement 14 recommendations made in a report highly critical of the Columbia Police Department. The report outlines problems within CPD, saying the department's reputation in the community has been steadily dropping.

"The community has lowered the report card of the police department from a B to a D over the past six years," said City Manager Mike Matthes.

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Politics
10:16 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Columbia officials consider transit cuts

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes, left, addresses the Disabilities Commission alongside Deputy City Manager Tony St. Romaine Thursday, Feb. 9. Matthes said city transit is on track to exceed its budget by $1 million.
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Columbia city officials are still discussing options for shoring up a projected one-million-dollar shortfall in the city’s transit budget.

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Business
11:32 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Matthes says proposed tax increase could finance regional airport

A proposed tax increase on hotel rooms could help finance improvements to the Columbia Regional Airport, according to Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes.

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Intersection
7:33 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Columbia Regional Airport expansion

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