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Sunset Hills Missouri To Vote On Sales Tax Extension


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.

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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.”