The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

August 21, 2013

Neosho Council to appeal TDD ruling

By Roger McKinney
Globe Staff Writer

NEOSHO, Mo. — The Neosho City Council has voted to appeal a court ruling against a city challenge to the formation of the Neosho Transportation Development District.

The city had argued that the taxing district was formed improperly and it and its actions should be declared null and void, but a judge ruled last fall that the TDD should be allowed to operate.

An attorney for the city filed briefs on Friday in the southern district of the Missouri Court of Appeals.

Councilman Steve Hart on Tuesday moved to end the appeal, calling it a "lost cause." His motion failed by a vote of 3-2, with Councilman David Ruth joining Hart.

Nearly $7 million worth of transportation projects are proposed along U.S. Highway 60 that would be funded in part by a tax collected within the district. The retail area includes the Wal-Mart Supercenter and Lowe's Home Improvement store. A half-cent sales tax is being collected by businesses within the district to pay the TDD's $4.5 million share of the cost. The Missouri Department of Transportation has agreed to pay a $2.4 million share.