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The city of St. Louis doesn’t have any issues on today’s ballot but residents of St. Ann, Overland, Greendale, Moline Acres, and Bel-Ridge can decide if those communities should enact tax increases.
Proposals to raise sales taxes, property taxes and use taxes are tied to issues such as road improvements and police costs and pensions.
Warrenton seeks a $7.5 million bond issue which would pay for a new park and recreation-and-aquatic facility.
Greendale and Moline Acres residents are being asked to approve a use tax for anything they buy that costs more than 2-thousand dollars from out of state businesses. That one is aimed at recouping money for local use due to losses tied to on-line buys.
Maplewood, St. Charles and the Village of Uplands Park have elections for various seats today. The polls are open now until 7 p.m.
Area ballot highlights from Tuesday’s special elections in Missouri
• St. Ann (Proposition S): Proposed 1-cent sales tax increase to fund a “transportation development district” to repair and upgrade streets, sidewalks and related infrastructure citywide.
• Greendale (Proposition 5) and Moline Acres (Proposition U): Proposed use tax on out-of-state purchases, to match the local sales tax, a response to increased online purchasing that isn’t currently taxed.
• Bel-Ridge (Proposition B): Proposed increase in commercial property taxes, from 27 per $100 assessed valuation to 65 cents. A $100,000 business’ taxes would increase from $2,700 to $6,500. The income will be used for police costs, road and sewer repair and other city services.
• Bel-Ridge (Proposition A): Proposed $15-per-space annual fee on parking lots, with income to be used for police costs, road and sewer repair and other city services.
• Warrenton (Proposition A): Proposed $7.5 million bond issue to fund a new park, recreation and aquatic facilities aimed at replacing the town’s aging public pool. A two-thirds majority is required for it to pass.
• Overland (Proposition O): Proposed property tax hike from 12 cents per $100 assessed valuation to 24 cents. The owner of a home worth $100,000 would pay an additional $22.80 annually. It also would increase in the personal property rate from 12 cents to 36 cents. The money would go entirely to fund the city’s police pension fund.
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Sources: St. Louis County and League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis.