Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Court Upholds Sales Tax Distribution Five Municipalities Filed Suit over Revenue Sharing; Bridgeton to Appeal Ruling

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Court Upholds Sales Tax Distribution Five Municipalities Filed Suit over Revenue Sharing; Bridgeton to Appeal Ruling

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A 1993 law that changed the system for distributing the countywide sales tax in St. Louis County has withstood its first court test. Bridgeton, which opposes the changes, plans to appeal the decision, says Mayor Conrad Bowers.

Cole County Circuit Judge Byron L. Kinder last month declared the law valid and said it should remain in effect. He rejected objections that the law violated the state Constitution and was inconsistent with a law passed in 1977 to establish the countywide system. He did not explain his reasoning in his two-page order.

The 1977 law gave municipalities the option of keeping revenue generated within their borders by the local sales tax of one-half of 1 percent. Municipalities with shopping centers or large commercial areas took that approach.

The law also establishes a pool of St. Louis County and the remaining municipalities in the county to share the rest of the sales-tax revenue. The money is allocated according to the population of participants with the number of residents in the unincorporated area determining the county's share. …

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