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Missouri Local Ballot Measures Support Sales Taxes


Out of 12 local Missouri ballots voted on in February, 9 were approved, including 6 sales tax measures. Buchanan County, Missouri voted to “…continue a sales tax … of .25 percent for a period of eight years in order to help pay for capital improvement projects and economic development throughout the county.”

Barry County increased their 911 emergency sales tax by 8 cents to ensure their “…911 emergency center can remain operating.” This measure was narrowly defeated back in November 2011. “Supporters noted that while everyone does not like more taxes, the services provided are essential to the community and serve the greater good.”

Republic City in Greene and Christian Counties continued a local city tax of .25 percent for five more years to “…pay for stormwater capital improvement projects in the city.” And Willard City, also in Greene County approved a similar measure for implementing a new sales tax rate of .5 percent for their capital improvement projects.

Laclede County approved continuing their current county sales tax rate of .5 percent for another 10 years to “…continue to pay for law enforcement services offered in the county.”

The only sales tax measure rejected was in Jefferson City, Cole County. This measure proposed to implement a new sales tax rate of .5 percent for 10 years to help pay for city economic development projects.

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”