Stormwater Projects

Part of the Parks, Recreation & Stormwater Initiative

On April 8, 2008, citizens of Cape Girardeau passed a 1/2-cent sales tax for parks and stormwater improvements (PRS1). This plan included a 3/8-cent sales tax which has a 10-year sunset and will expire on Sept. 30, 2018. The remaining 1/8-cent is for operations and does not expire. All of the revenue collected stays in the City of Cape Girardeau and by law must be used for parks and stormwater programs. Studies have shown that 60 percent or more of the revenue collected is from non-residents visiting Cape to shop, work and play. 

Twelve stormwater projects were identified in the original proposal. Of these, 10 have been completed. We have also identified five additional projects which will be funded by this tax, and four have already been completed.

Original Stormwater Projects
         Howell Street Box Culvert Replacement
         Cape Rock Drive at Scivally Park Drainage Improvements
         Beaver Creek Detention Basin
         Breckenridge Branch Bank Stabilization
         Melrose Drainage Area
         Themis at Silver Springs Road Box Culvert Installation
         LaSalle Detention Basin Flood Monitor
         Dorothy Street Drainage Improvements
         Lisa Detention Basin Improvements
         Merriwether Drainage Tunnel Repairs
         Arena Creek Relief Channel (moved to PRS2)
         Margaret Street and Janet Drive Drainage (in progress)

Additional Projects Identified
         Floodwall Railway Relocation Project
         Good Hope Drainage Phase 1
         Yorktown Storm Line Repair
         Watershed Studies
         Ferndale at Nottingham (not complete)

On the April 3, 2018 ballot, the Parks, Recreation & Stormwater Initiative Tax Renewal was passed and will be continued starting January 1, 2019.  The schedule for Parks & Stormwater Project Improvements will be spread out over a fifteen year window with the tax scheduled to end in 2033.  For more information associated with PRS2, click here to see specific projects.