Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Compromise Bill Will Keep St. Louis Zoo a Largely Free Attraction, Supporters Say

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Compromise Bill Will Keep St. Louis Zoo a Largely Free Attraction, Supporters Say

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JEFFERSON CITY * A bill supporters say will help keep the St. Louis Zoo a largely free attraction won initial approval from both chambers in the Missouri Legislature this week.

The zoo would remain completely free for residents from St. Louis and St. Louis County, who pay property taxes that currently support the popular, 100-year-old institution. But the bill would allow the zoo to charge admission to newly built attractions for any visitors living elsewhere.

The proposal began as a new sales tax authorization in St. Louis and surrounding counties, which received pushback in the GOP-led Legislature.

After negotiations, backers changed the proposal to make use of a current sales tax authorization that allows any county in the state to put a sales tax on the ballot at half of a percent.

An example is Proposition P, a half-cent sales tax increase for public safety, which St. Louis County voters approved in the April 4 election.

Under this bill, any local sales tax approved by St. …

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