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BRENTWOOD • The Brentwood Board of Aldermen is considering asking voters in April to increase its sales tax by 0.5 percent to finance flood prevention and economic development on a section of Manchester Road.

The board on Monday heard the first reading of a bill to put the Brentwood Bound measure on the April 2 ballot. Final action would be at the board’s Jan. 17 meeting.

Passage would raise about $3.2 million a year to cut flooding from Deer Creek, create parks, connect Brentwood’s trails to the Gateway Greenway network and develop new small shops along Manchester Road east of Brentwood Boulevard.

Also, as part of a Missouri Department of Transportation project to improve Manchester from Lindbergh Boulevard to Big Bend, there would be a tunnel under Manchester and new lights.

The projected combined cost of the projects is $74.5 million.

Sales taxes would increase from 9.113 cents to 9.613 cents per $1 spent in Brentwood, although it would be 1 percent more in some special taxing districts.

About 60 of the 129 acres in the redevelopment area are subject to flooding, sometimes frequently, Mayor Chris Thornton said. The project would reduce that amount to about 30 acres in parkland, by restoring Deer Creek’s natural floodplain and buying out property next to it.

“All of the businesses that are adjacent to the Deer Creek flood up there,” the mayor said.

It happens to many every two or three years, he said. “It’s a tremendous public safety issue that needs to be addressed,” he added.

This will be a marvelous opportunity for economic development, Thornton said.

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