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Taxes Major Issue in Midterms

 

 

 

Taxes Major Issue in Midterms
By: Ryan Tate

The Illinois elections are over, now Missourians get their turn.

The mid-term elections are Tuesday, April 8th, and many towns have budget proposals and tax issues on the ballot.

From Kennett to Perry County, new taxes could be headed into people's lives. One of the major reasons for the tax proposals is the sluggish economy, before and after the war started. But even if the tax increases pass, it might not help local problems.

"Even an improvement in the economy is not going to help that. We've got enough needs out there that we won't be able to make it just by the economy getting better," Cape Girardeau City Manager Mike Miller said.

Cape Girardeau has three tax issues and a service charge on the ballot Tuesday. If all four pass, the average family can expect to pay close to $100 more a year. The city would generate approximately 4.1 million dollars.

Here are the tax issue questions for Cape Girardeau residents, as they appear on the ballot:

CITY OF CAPE GIRARDEAU

QUESTION

For the purpose of providing revenues for the operation of the Cape Girardeau Municipal Fire Department, shall the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, impose a sales tax of one-quarter of one percent (1/4 of 1%)?

The approval of the proposition would authorize the levy and collection of a one-quarter of one percent (1/4 of 1%) sales tax in addition to the other sales taxes provided for by law on all retail sales made in the City that are subject to taxation.

YES/NO

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CITY OF CAPE GIRARDEAU

QUESTION

For the purpose of providing funds for the general revenue of the City, shall the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, impose a local use tax at the same rate as the total local sales tax rate, currently two percent (2.00%), provided that if the local sales tax rate is reduced or raised by voter approval, the local use tax rate shall also be reduced or raised by the same action?

A use tax return shall not be required to be filed by persons whose purchases from out of state vendors do not in total exceed two thousand dollars in any calendar year.

YES/NO

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CITY OF CAPE GIRARDEAU

QUESTION

Shall the City of Cape Girardeau establish a stormwater management utility charge that will be used to provide storm water management services within the City's corporate limits and provide for flood control and for the management, planning, protection, control, regulation, use and enhancement of stormwater systems and facilities?

The maximum charges for this stormwater management utility shall be authorized as follows:

Single Family Residential
1. Zero to 1200 square feet of building footprint: Up to $1.75 per month.
2. 1201 to 2250 square feet of building footprinty:Up to $3.50 per month.
3. Greater than 2250 square feet of building footprint: Up to $5.25 per month.

All other property
Up to $0.075 per month peer one hundred (100) square feet of impervious surface.

These charges shall be limited to an annual increase of no more than five percent (5%) per year as determined by the Cape Girardeau City Council.

YES/NO

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CITY OF CAPE GIRARDEAU

QUESTION

For the purpose of providing funds for the general revenue of the City, shall the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri impose an ad valorem property tax of ten cents ($0.10) per one hundred dollars ($100.00) assessed valuation commencing July 1, 2004.

YES/NO

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Mike Miller, the Cape Girardeau City Manager says he's talked to other city managers, and they have the same type of problems he has.

So, in an effort  to solve his city's money problems, Cape has not one, but three tax issues, and a service charge. "And even if people start buying more and the economy gets better, the money won't come flowing in in enough time to help," says Miller.  ":Even an improvement in the economy is not going to help that. We've got enough needs out there that we won't be able to make it just by the economy getting better."

So Cape and other Heartland towns turn to the ballot, hoping to pry loose more money from folks during a rough time. "We''ve actually been under a budget crunch for the last four years, the bad economy that came along worsened it," adds Miller.

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