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“Capital improvements” are long-lasting investments into the City’s infrastructure and facilities and include projects such as road and sidewalk construction, new park paths, playgrounds, renovation of City facilities, major equipment purchases and erosion control along creek banks. The City maintains a five-year outlook of its capital improvements through the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The CIP serves as a critical planning tool to help establish, prioritize, organize and fund the City’s investments into the community.
The CIP is primarily funded through a one half-cent capital improvement sales tax, the new one half-cent parks and stormwater sales tax, remaining bond proceeds from the Police building project, transfers from the City’s general fund, and grants from local, state, and federal aid programs. These revenue sources are estimated to provide approximately $7 million in the coming fiscal year.
Improvements to the City’s facilities, parks, recreational facilities, streets, sidewalks, stormwater and equipment are estimated to cost approximately $7 million in the coming fiscal year, meaning that the planned expenses match the available revenue. The City seeks to maximize its investment into the community while remaining within the budget.
The City updates its CIP during the winter and spring of each year. An important part of this annual process involves gathering ideas for projects and improvements from Creve Coeur residents.
If you would like the City to consider a project or if you have a suggestion for improvements to the CIP, please submit your ideas by January 31, 2022, to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to: CIP Ideas, c/o Matt Wohlberg, City Engineer/Assistant Director of Public Works, City of Creve Coeur, 300 North New Ballas Road, Creve Coeur, MO 63141.
City staff will submit a draft of the CIP to the City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, and Finance Committee in late February. The draft CIP will be discussed in detail with all three of these bodies in March, which usually includes two work sessions with the City Council. Staff will seek the recommendations regarding the CIP from both the Planning and Zoning Commission and Finance Committee in March before returning to the City Council in April for the possible adoption of the CIP.
More information about the CIP can be found on the City’s website at www.crevecoeurmo.gov/CIP.