Wentzville tax money designed for new parks diverted, parks still not constructed

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Updated Thursday, May 2 at 4:40 PM

(KMOV.com) – Three years after a half cent sales tax passed in Wentzville to fund three new parks, the city still has nothing to show for it.

Construction has started on only one of the parks, and News 4 has learned that not only are the parks not being built, the sales tax money promised is being used for other projects.

Mayor Nick Guccione promises the parks will come, and says it’s just a matter of when.

“We are going to make sure the voters get what they voted for,” he said. “One way or the other it’s going to happen.”

The measure passed in 2010, and areas marked to be ball fields are still more field than anything.

“At the end of the day when you see these parks and what was presented to the public I think they’ll be very happy,” Guccione said. “We’d like to get the ball fields started soon but that’s probably not going to happen until next year.”

Even though the tax increase was pitched to fund new parks, Guccione says it isn’t misleading that the funds aren’t being used for the projects.

Officials say they’ve done nothing wrong.

“It’s still their tax dollars to go to fund the parks we do have now,” he said.  Each Wentzville resident will continue paying about $50 per year more under the new tax.

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