Marshall council plans to discuss use tax

Monday, January 7, 2013

Marshall City Council set a special meeting at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, to discuss the possibility of placing a city use tax on the ballot.

Councilman Dan Brandt raised the subject, citing the county's success in November getting voter approval for a use tax.

Use taxes are applied to items purchased out of state where local sales taxes cannot be applied. Businesses and consumers pay either the sales tax or use tax, as appropriate, not both. And the rate of the use tax is pegged to the sales tax rate.

Councilman Ron Duvall agreed with the need for the meeting.

"I think it's time we got on the wagon here," he said. "We're missing out."

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  • "Oh boy! An opportunity to collect more taxes. Goodie, goodie."

    What a telling quote when supposed public servants make a comments like Mr. Duvall's above.

    I noticed there is no indication on what exactly the city needs more money for, just plain old greed.

    "Hey, the county got away with it so it must be a good idea." Great logic there, eh?

    I don't know about you folks, but whenever politicians (or a real estate salesman or car salesman) start rubbing their hands together and saying things like whats in this article, I start reaching to cover up my wallet.

    Like others have said, I don't think there are politicians anywhere that love to raise taxes more than the ones in this area.

    "We're missing out." Really? That's considered a reasonable justification for tax increases and budget increases around here?

    And here I thought for all this time that public officials were considered good at their positions if they continuously tried to fight waste, control spending, and budget limited resources wisely.

    Apparently the new model is "hey, here's another opportunity to shake down some folks for cash!"

    -- Posted by countryman on Tue, Jan 8, 2013, at 7:28 AM
  • This is really only a reimbursement to Marshall for goods purchased and taxed outside of the state.

    Someone is getting the tax; Marshall is trying to get the out of state taxes returned to the City.

    You will see no difference in what you pay.

    Hey, maybe the city can use that money to tear down more derelict buildings!

    -- Posted by Interested Too on Tue, Jan 8, 2013, at 8:26 AM
  • Trust me, interested, somebody will see a difference in something they pay.

    Otherwise, why do we need a new law?

    I don't believe your analysis that this transfers money from out of state to in state is correct.

    A Use Tax is just what it says. A tax that you pay to "use" those goods you purchased out of state or outside of this area in this area.

    It is in addition to whatever amount of sales tax you paid at the time of purchase of said goods.

    -- Posted by countryman on Tue, Jan 8, 2013, at 1:14 PM
    Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
    The new law is being sought by local governments because of a state Supreme Court ruling in 2012 that eliminated the past practice of collecting sales tax on out-of-state purchases. County officials argued that the use tax was not a new tax but was a way to make constitutional a long-standing practice.
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