Board Oks Vote on Sales Tax; Passage Would Halt Utility Tax

By Moore, Doug | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), September 22, 1997 | Go to article overview

Board Oks Vote on Sales Tax; Passage Would Halt Utility Tax


Moore, Doug, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Green Park may eliminate its utility tax if voters approve a sales tax on the November ballot.

Aldermen Bob Cawein, 1st Ward, and Trudy Hoey, 3rd Ward, said at a meeting of the Board of Aldermen last week that the capital-improvements sales tax of one-half of 1 percent would bring in about $400,000 a year compared with the $68,000 in revenue from the current utility tax. With the current budget at $600,000, the sales tax would serve as about two-thirds of the needed revenue.

The aldermen voted to put the sales-tax proposal on the ballot. By adding a sales tax and abolishing the utility tax, the average household is expected to save about $47 a year, Hoey says. Cawein said much of the tax burden would be shifted to nonresidents who shop in businesses along busy Lindbergh Boulevard. Hoey said the cost to the average household would be minimal with the increased sales tax. If a resident spends $100 a week on groceries in Green Park, the increased tax would be 50 cents, or $26 a year, she said. The purchase of a $20,000 car would spur an additional $100 in taxes, she said. With her calculations, Hoey estimated that the 900 households in Green Park would pay about $57,600 in additional taxes. The remaining $355,000 in new tax revenue would be paid by people from outside Green Park. …

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