In 2014, the citizens of Goddard approved a city wide 1% sales tax by a 3 to 1 vote. 75% of the additional sales tax will be used to fund capital improvements, such as roadway projects and improvements to the City's park system. The remaining 25% will be used to reduce the property tax burden on Goddard residents. The property tax rate was initially reduced by 1.5 mills beginning in 2016.
Sales tax collections have surpassed expectations during the two years the levy has been in place. The chart below shows the total collections of the City’s Sales and Use taxes collected during the 2015 and 2016 fiscal years
In November 2016, the Goddard City Council approved the recommendation of the Goddard Park & Tree Board for the construction of a splash pad in Goddard’s Linear Park. This is the first amenity to be constructed after adoption of the City’s Master Parks and Pathways Concept Plan in August of the same year. The non-recirculating pump splash pad will be built by the winning bidder, Aquatix (formerly ARC) of Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
The project (originally budgeted at $274,000 in the City’s Capital Improvement Plan) was approved at a total cost of $219,547.90. This amount includes costs for construction, architectural design, engineering & inspection, project administration, and a 10% contingency.
The project is expected to be completed Spring/Summer 2017.
More information about the splash pad and its workings can be found by clicking here.
The second amenity to be built as part of the City’s Master Parks and Pathways Concept Plan will be a pavilion in Linear Park. The pavilion will provide a covered area with plenty of shade for Goddard’s citizens and other park visitors. The space will also be used for hosting outdoor events such as the City’s “Jazz in the Park” and other community gatherings.
This project is currently in the design phase, and more detail about the pavilion and its amenities will be available shortly. This project has a budget of $411,000.
The project is expected to be completed Autumn 2017.