Monday night, Lebanon City Council approved a $100-thousand dollar investment in Skatepark equipment to be located at Gasconade Park. During the discussion, Councilman Adkins asked if there was an estimate of the number of kids that will use it. Parks Director John Shelton said it’s hard to put a number to it, but at times there could be as many as 50 using the previous skatepark location on some occasions. The Gasconade Skatepark should be in place in mid-July. Funding issues for stormwater management and for city parks continues to be a concern for Lebanon Public Works and the Parks Department, and on Monday night Lebanon City Council made a decision that could impact funding for the future. Lebanon Mayor Jared Carr said Council voted to put a sales tax on the ballot.
During the discussion, it was shared that the property tax for parks is paid only by those who live in the city limits. The vote was unanimous by the 7 City Council members in attendance. The question of approving a one-half of one percent sales tax and rolling back the property tax for Lebanon parks to zero will be on the August Ballot.