Slater city council members heard a presentation on the proposed use tax on out-of-state purchases, during their meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 2.
Saline County Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings and Northern District Commissioner Norvelle "Brownie" Brown spoke about the 1.625 percent tax which will be on the county's November ballot.
Stallings explained the use tax will help to reclaim some revenue lost as a result of a recent Missouri Supreme Court Decision.
"I haven't found anybody who remembers when we didn't collect taxes on those things bought outside the state of Missouri," he explained.
If the use tax isn't passed, Stallings said it has been estimated the county could lose up to $100,000 a year.
Slater Mayor Stephen Allegri expressed his support for the use tax.
"The council has already supported this and we're going to ask our voters to support this," Allegri said, pointing out the tax won't add revenue, but instead keep the county from losing funds.
During his report, Allegri noted the Slater Fall Festival had a "great turnout and a great carnival."
"I want to thank all the volunteers," he said. "Gene (Griffith) and Jenny (Crawford) -- especially Jenny - they did a wonderful job."
As part of their effort towards becoming the "cleanest little town in Missouri," Allegri said there are three houses about to be built in the city, including two spec houses by builder Jim Steinmetz.
He said there are eight other homes being rehabbed by investors.
"There are a lot of new jobs coming to Slater and we want to house these people and put them in affordable housing," he said. "Our idea of tearing down these houses and cleaning up these lots is starting to pay back, because people are starting to invest in the community."
City administrator Gene Griffith reported they are planning more work on streets, including patching some cracks on Main Street. He said the price has gone up slightly since last year.
"It's a little bit higher, but with the price of gas and oil, I was fairly pleased," he said.
The city will also begin trimming trees next month. Allegri said the program has successfully kept the city from large power outages during ice storms.
"We don't trim them pretty, we trim them out of the power lines," Allegri said. "So If you've got trees in the power line and you don't like the way we trim them, then you need to make arrangements to have them trimmed yourself."
In upcoming events, Allegri noted the Halloween Parade, sponsored by the VFW, will begin at 6 p.m. on Oct. 31.
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