St. Louis Aldermen to Consider Tax Increase for Parks, Arch

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The plan to overhaul the region’s parks, connect hundreds of miles of trails, transform the grounds of the Gateway Arch and raise at least $760 million in taxes over the next 20 years could move to voters as soon as this April.

Downtown Alderman Phyllis Young plans to introduce a bill today to put the regional sales tax increase — three-sixteenths of 1 cent, or less than 2 cents on a $10 purchase — onto the city ballot.

Her counterparts in St. Louis County and St. Charles County are expected to consider making the same move in coming weeks. The measure was approved by the state Legislature in May, but timing was left up to the counties. The increase would only go into effect if passed by voters in St. Louis County, which has the largest tax base, plus those in one of the two other counties.

Read more on St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


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