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Cape Girardeau City Council debating future of restaurant tax

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Cape Girardeau's one percent restaurant tax is set to expire, and voters will get the chance in November to let it run out, or extend it.

The city council could also make some major changes to the tax.

For the past 30 years, the one percent restaurant tax has gone to fund tourism related projects such as Cape Splash and the Osage Centre.

The city council is expected to ask for that extension, but several members have a different idea of how to spend the money.

Some have said they want to use the restaurant tax to build a new police station since there are no tourism related projects on the horizon.

But one group led by Joel Niekirk wants to keep the tax for tourism projects, included a proposed indoor sports facility in Cape.

Niekirk says previous projects have boosted business in town, and says this project would do the same without extending the tax for a long time.

"To do this in the short run, this would only require a 2 to 3 year extension and would allow us to be put in a position if a larger project like a ball stadium or a natatorium or any other large project that can be tourism related," Neikirk said. 

The city council will decide next Monday whether to put the tax on the November ballot, which they're expected to do, and determine where those tax dollars will go.

The council could also decide to change the way the tax is levied and determine how long the tax would be extended.

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