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Frontenac aldermen oppose plan for splitting county sales tax

Frontenac aldermen oppose plan for splitting county sales tax

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FRONTENAC • Frontenac aldermen unanimously voted Tuesday night to oppose the sales tax distribution proposal being advocated by the St. Louis County Municipal League, for action by the Missouri legislature.

The league is planning to discuss the proposal at its meeting Thursday night.

The proposal relies on a new 0.25 percent sales tax collected countywide, generating $40 million annually. Municipalities in the county are designated as either “point of sale” cities, which keep most of the revenue from a 1 percent sales tax collected inside their borders, or "pool cities," which share that revenue based on population. The unincorporated county would become a point-of-sale participant under the proposal.

"The additional quarter-cent would generate $500,000 in Frontenac, but the majority of that would go to the county for police services. In general, pool cities benefit more," Frontenac Mayor Keith Krieg said.

He added that the Missouri legislature has a stated goal to "correct" sales tax sharing. As there are more residents in pool cities than in point of sale, and unincorporated St. Louis County represents a large population, these factors would negatively impact Frontenac's take from the sales tax, he said.

Aldermen also voted to extend the contract with the city's waste hauler and recycler, Here to Serve, for two years beyond its current contract ending date of next March 31. There will be a 2 percent raise on April 1, and then a year later. Fees are billed to residents by the hauler.

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