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County commissioners discuss 'use tax,' veterans bricks

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Walk of Honor memorial veterans brick path on the south side of the Saline County Courthouse was finished Friday, Sept. 28. As more bricks are purchased, volunteers will begin a path on the east side of the courthouse.
(Eric Crump/Democrat-News)
Saline County commissioners are actively engaging the public on the "use tax" issue, which will be on the Nov. 6 ballot.

During their regular session Wednesday morning, Oct. 3, Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings discussed the tax further.

County residents have paid the tax for years, commissioners said. But a Supreme Court decision now requires municipalities and counties to vote on the issue.

"It might be in some people's minds, 'does this mean I'm going to pay more taxes sometimes on some things than I'm paying now?'" Stallings explained. "You either pay the local sales tax or the local use tax ... one never adds on to the other one."

It's reported 40 counties in Missouri have a use tax in place, as does the state of Missouri, which wasn't affected because it was put in place before the Hancock Amendment was established, according to commissioners. The commission has scheduled educational and promotional presentations for local city councils, school boards and civic groups.

Little regular business was discussed Wednesday morning. It was reported the veterans walk brick project on the south side of Saline County Courthouse is complete, but sidewalk space still remains available in other locations according to commissioners.

Bricks are available to purchase, and crews plan to fill the walkway on the east side of the courthouse next.

Proceeds from the bricks help pay for Show Me Honor Flight trips. The program gives veterans a chance to visit Washington, D.C., to see war memorials.

Commissioners added an additional item to their agenda for the Thursday, Oct. 4, meeting. They plan to discuss hiring an additional employee for the recorder's office. The meeting begins at 9 a.m.

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