Columbia could soon be home to yet another auto dealership, if the price is right.
Bob Brockland Buick-GMC has been in discussions with the City of Columbia for a potential move from its existing dealership in Cahokia to a new location across from TopShooters Sports Bar off Old State Route 3.
“We’re exploring our options,” Liz Brockland said. “Nothing’s decided at this point.”
An ordinance to authorize a retailer’s occupation tax rebate financing agreement between the dealership and city has been presented for both parties to review, Columbia Mayor Kevin Hutchinson said. The matter will be discussed during a committee meeting Monday night at City Hall.
Basically, Brockland is attempting to negotiate a partnership with the city — and perhaps later the school district and county — in which these taxing bodies would forfeit a percentage of tax revenues to them for a period of time as an incentive for bringing business to Columbia.
Speaking in hypothetical terms, Hutchinson said the city could continue to keep 100 percent of tax revenue received on a parcel that currently amounts to $10 to $15 per year, or allow Brockland to keep a portion of sales tax generated for 10 to 15 years and still receive more money.
“I’d rather have 50 percent of something that 100 percent of nothing,” Hutchinson said.
This partnership would help offset Brockland’s cost to relocate from Cahokia and develop a new dealership in Columbia, Hutchinson said.
Whatever partnership the school district and county might sign with Brockland would be separate from the city’s, the mayor added.
“We know that for businesses to grow and develop, sometimes you have to share,” Hutchinson said. “The deal isn’t done. The numbers have to work out for everyone.”
If an agreement would get done, Brockland’s new location would be just up the road from Columbia’s George Weber Chevrolet dealership. Other auto dealerships include Royal Gate Dodge Chrysler Jeep and a Dave Sinclair Ford used car lot off Route 3.
In other Columbia City Council news, aldermen approved an ordinance formally approving the purchase of the American Legion fields at 375 East Locust Street, and approved leases on the American Legion pavilion and playground.Special Olympics World Winter Games gold and silver medalist Matt Krippel was honored Monday night during the Columbia City Council meeting. He was asked to lead in the Pledge of Allegiance, and then Mayor Hutchinson presented him a certificate of appreciation. Joe Koppeis of Market Place, Matt’s employer, gave him a special Wheaties cereal box with his photo on it. Koppeis then presented Matt’s mother, Joyce, a necklace for Matt to give his mom. Pictured, from left, are Hutchinson, Joyce Krippel, Koppeis and Matt Krippel. (Kermit Constantine photo)