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County Commission sets tax hearing, prepares to choose justice center’s design-builder

The Cape Girardeau County Commission has scheduled a 2018 property tax hearing for 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6.

The general fund tax rate is recommended to change to 0.0587, after being at 0.0719 last year and 0.0506 in 2016.

The rate was found using a foundation formula required by the state statues, according to Auditor Pete Frazier.

Frazier stated that the reduction from last year is due to increased assess valuation and estimated sales tax revenue.

The rates for Senior Services (0.0478), Senate Bill 40 (0.0553) and Mental Health (0.0772) were recommended to stay the same as last year by representatives of their funding boards.

In other action:

The Commission is scheduled to receive proposals from the two design-build teams working on the new justice center plans on Friday, Aug. 31.

Both teams will submit a sealed technical proposal and an additional sealed proposal with their projected costs.

The first team consists of River City Construction, which has three locations including one in Benton, IL, and the architectural firm HOK in St. Louis.

The second team includes Penzel Construction Inc. of Jackson and the architectural firm Treanor HL, which has a location in Kansas City.

The technical proposals will be opened first, with the Commission reviewing and scoring each proposal.

About 10 days after the technical proposals are reviewed, the sealed bids will be opened publicly.

Scores from the technical proposal and scores from the financial proposal will be added together to choose which team will move forward with the project.

“The process is kind of coming to an end,” Commissioner Paul Koeper said. “Hopefully we will select a team to move forward and begin the next phase — which will be building.”

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past four years. He can be reached at cbjedit@socket.net.

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