Municipal elections to decide fate of earnings taxes

Residents of St. Louis and Kansas City will decide whether to renew 1 percent earnings taxes that provide large portions of their cities’ budgets as voters across the state head to the polls Tuesday for local elections.

Proponents of the earnings taxes say cutting off the revenue — one-third of St. Louis’s annual budget and $230 million of Kansas City’s — would inevitably lead to service cuts.

Prominent conservative donor Rex Sinquefield has been an ardent opponent of renewing the St. Louis levy, pumping more than $2 million into the “Vote No on the E-Tax” campaign.

Springfield residents will decide whether to renew two sales taxes that fund transportation and elect two new members to the school board governing the state’s largest school district.

In Columbia, voters will choose a new mayor to replace the retiring Bob McDavid. Two city council seats are also up for grabs.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kansas City Star, Columbia Missourian, Springfield News-Leader


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