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Title VII CITIES, TOWNS AND VILLAGES

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  90.010.  Parks, acquisition, funds, how obtained — tax, how levied and collected — amount of tax. — 1.  Whenever any city desires to establish a park or pleasure grounds, the common council or mayor and board of aldermen of such city is hereby authorized and empowered to acquire property for such purposes by gift, purchase or condemnation of lands in such city or within one mile thereof, and for that purpose may borrow money and issue bonds in payment thereof, and shall by ordinance describe the metes and bounds of such lands to be purchased or condemned.  Lands owned by such city may by ordinance be converted, set aside or appropriated for parks or pleasure grounds.  Such city may levy an annual tax not to exceed two mills on the dollar for the maintenance of such parks or pleasure grounds, and such tax shall be levied and collected in like manner with other general taxes of such city, but the funds received therefrom shall be kept separate and apart from all other funds of the city and shall be deposited in the park fund.

  2.  Taxes levied and collected in accordance with the provisions of this section shall not be included in calculating any amount of taxes which may be levied and collected for general municipal purposes.

  3.  The annual tax for park and pleasure grounds may be set at any amount approved by the qualified voters of the city in the manner prescribed by section 90.500 which amount if approved by the voters shall be in addition to the maximum amount authorized by this section or any other section for parks and pleasure purposes.  The city council may submit the tax to the voters or citizens may petition in accordance with the provisions of section 90.500.  The ballot and the vote for the tax shall be in accordance with procedures set forth in section 90.500.

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(RSMo 1939 §§ 6975, 15331, A. 1949 H.B. 2038, A.L. l972 H.B. 1386, A.L. 1994 H.B. 1200 & 1192)

Prior revisions: 1929 §§ 6829, 14238; 1919 §§ 8311, 9210; 1909 §§ 9247, 10239

CROSS REFERENCE:

Corporation, municipalities may contract for common facilities and services, 70.210 to 70.325

(1979) The exercise by a municipality of its power to acquire land for parks outside but within one mile of the city limits is not subject to zoning regulations of any host county or municipality restricting use of land which would result in prohibiting its use for park purposes.  City of Kirkwood v. City of Sunset Hills (A.), 589 S.W.2d 31.


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