After landing big housing grant, Slay eyes sales tax hike for MetroLink expansion

St. Louis residents may soon be asked to approve a tax increase to fund a MetroLink expansion that would run through some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.

Mayor Francis Slay said Monday that city voters could see a proposition for a sales tax as soon as the April election that would include help for a new north-south MetroLink line, a project he has touted as a top priority in his final year as mayor.

Slay described the plan to seek a tax increase to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro during a bus tour Monday morning of the “Promise Zone,” an area of north St. Louis and north St. Louis County that is eligible for extra federal assistance in grant applications.

Castro had just announced that St. Louis was one of five cities to win a competitive Choice Neighborhood grant.

Slay indicated that the city hopes to continue that momentum by moving forward with a MetroLink line that runs from far south St. Louis, through downtown and into the North Side, serving many of the same areas that the HUD grant will.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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