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Posted on: May 2, 2016

Both Sales Taxes Needed to Fund City Projects

As has been previously reported, the ballot the Columbus voters will consider on May 10 will include two questions related to the continuation of the current 1 percent and half-percent local option sales taxes.

The two questions are intertwined and an explanation is appropriate.

The 1 percent sales tax will continue, if approved, to fund capital, drainage and street improvements and provide funding for equipment. It will also provide necessary financial cover...Read on...

Posted on: April 29, 2016

COPS and Bobbers - Cancelled

The Columbus Area COPS & Bobbers event scheduled for April 30th, 2016 will be POSTPONED due to inclement weather until Saturday, May 14th, 2016 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

The Columbus Area COPS & Bobbers event scheduled for April 30th, 2016 will be POSTPONED due to inclement weather until Saturday, May 14th, 2016 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Anyone who was registered for the initial event will be welcomed to attend. Registration wi...Read on...

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Posted on: April 29, 2016

Railroad Track Crossing Maintenance Work

Union Pacific Railroad will be providing maintenance work on the City crossings which include 3rd, 12th, 18th, 21st, 23rd, 25th, and 26th Avenues, and the County crossings at East 14th, East 29th, and East 44th Avenues.

The work will close two to three grouped crossings at one time, working through town from the west to the east. Thus, not all downtown crossings will be closed at one time. Work on 26th Avenue could begin as early as Sunday, April 30, 2016. The work at...Read on...

Posted on: May 1, 2016

Consumer Confidence Report 2015

The City of Columbus Water Production Division announced that the Annual Consumer Confidence Report on 2015 water quality is now available.

The URL ( regarding our annual water quality report will be included on the May and June 2016 utility bills for every residence and business that currently pays for water. Any resident or persons who rent and have their water service ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 27, 2016

May 10 Ballot

The ballot to be provided to the Columbus voters for the May 10 election will have two questions on the extension of the current city sales tax.

The questions will be divided into two parts, Proposition “A” and Proposition “B.” The divided question was intentionally split by the City Council to provide the greatest opportunity for the voters to express their positions on each portion of the reque...Read on...

Posted on: April 26, 2016

History of Local Option Sales Tax in Columbus

The voter-approved one percent (1%) local option sales tax in Columbus was first approved in 1994.

This approval has provided funds for a variety of projects/improvements and purchases that would otherwise not have been possible if the city had to solely rely on property taxes and user fees.The first sales tax approved by Columbus voters was a one perc...Read on...

Posted on: April 14, 2016

Posting of Signs on City Right-of-Way

During this time of year it is important to keep in mind the laws regarding placement of political and garage sale signs.

City of Columbus regulations prohibit placement of advertising signs on utility poles, traffic controllers, and traffic signs.

It is also against the law for anyone to place a sign, poster, or notice of any kind in the street right-of-way or on any other structure located in the right-of-way. A good standard is to keep signs to the inside of a sidewalk or fifteen (15) feet from t...Read on...