Concerned about a growing heroin abuse problem, St. Charles County officials may skip the annual Missouri back-to-school sales tax holiday in August and use the extra revenue to hire two additional narcotics detectives.
Councilman Joe Brazil, who is promoting the opt-out idea, said hiring more police to fight heroin trafficking will help the general community more than giving some retail store customers a back-to-school tax break.
Brazil, a Republican from the Augusta area, introduced on Monday night a bill to re-impose the county’s portion of the sales tax — 1.5 percent — during the tax holiday, which this year will be Aug. 5-7.
County financial officials say the county’s share of the tax on those days is expected to raise enough to allow the county to spend $172,000 to hire two additional county police detectives and outfit them with police cars and other equipment.
Brazil says he believes he has the support of a majority of council members. A vote on the issue is expected this month.
Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch