Regional tax for St. Louis Zoo put on hold

A controversial attempt to create a regional sales tax to help finance the St. Louis Zoo has been stripped from legislation under consideration in the Capitol.

In action Wednesday, the House General Laws Committee forwarded Senate Bill 937 to the floor for further consideration after removing language that would have allowed officials in St. Louis County, St. Charles, Jefferson and Franklin counties and in the city of St. Louis to put a question on the ballot asking if voters support a sales tax of up to one-eighth of a cent for the zoo. Although the proposal still could resurface, it appears unlikely to happen before lawmakers adjourn next week.

Matt Geekie, president of the St. Louis Zoo Association board of directors, said the zoo surveyed voters in the region and determined a modest sales tax was favored over an admission fee.

The new tax, if approved, was expected to generate about $36 million annually to help the zoo pay for maintenance projects,

Geekie signaled that the proposal could resurface when lawmakers convene next year.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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