Sunset Hills Missouri To Vote On Sales Tax Extension
- May 15, 2012 | Susan McLain
Voters in Sunset Hills, St. Louis County, Missouri will get to decide on August 7, 2012 whether to continue an existing sales tax. The half-cent sales tax was passed in 1994 and is due to sunset in 2016.
The funds have been dedicated to pay back bonds taken out to pay for “…capital improvements…[such as] building the police headquarters, a public works building, an addition on to the city hall and improvements to Watson Trail Park.”
According to Art Havener, president of the Finance Committee, “The sales tax brings in an average of $875,000 in annual revenue.” A continuation of that funding is needed for ongoing maintenance. Without it, a number of capital improvements will have to be delayed or cancelled.
Although the extension has unanimous support, two board members voted against it because there is no sunset date. Another concern was that there were not enough specific details on future capital improvement projects to be clear what the continuation of the sales tax would fund.