The Columbia City Council approved an adjustment in its sales tax revenue projections for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 in a marathon session Tuesday evening. The council revised its projection from a decline of two percent to a decline of only one percent. This adds nearly $460,000 to the city’s general funds, according to the Columbia Missourian. Fifth Ward Councilman Matt Pitzer says part of the money will be used to fund the Go COMO bus system.
“Transit is funded out of that transportation sales tax. When we change that projection there also will be a corresponding increase in the transportation sales tax, which does actually increase the number of dollars available to fund transit.”
The bus system is set to take a hit in the proposed budget. The budget would end service at 7 p.m. six days a week and cut the number of buses running simultaneously in half. It would also eliminate special bus services, such as shuttles to the True/False Film Fest and Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival.