You Decide 2013: April 2 Municipal Election Guide

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(KTVI) – April 2, 2013 is Election Day in Missouri.  St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is expected to win an historic fourth term, the first in the city’s 250 year history.

Numerous municipalities across the area are holding school board, fire district, mayoral and city council elections.  There are also several school board elections, propositions and bond issues to be voted on. Polls open at 6 a.m.

One issue affects both St. Louis City and County residents.

Proposition P
St. Louis County and the city of St. Louis are preparing to vote on a new tax to help the Arch grounds and area parks. Prop P would raise the sales tax by 3/16th’s of one cent in the St. Louis City and St. Louis County. The $30 million a year would be split among parks in the city and county, the Great Rivers Greenway Bike and Walking Trails and the Gateway Arch Grounds.

Supporters say the tiny sales tax hike would improve parks across the city and county, would help create new green ways and recreational trails and would help re-furbish the Gateway Arch grounds, including creating nine new acres of parkland by demolishing the parking garage at the south end of the Arch.

But opponents, including the St. Louis County Republican Party, say we can’t afford the new tax and it’s not needed, anyway. The measure would have to pass in the city and the county.

Watch The Jaco Report to hear from both sides of this issue.

Local Use Tax

Several St. Louis area cities are looking to impose a local use tax that would be the same amount as the local sales tax tax on any out-of-state purchase totaling over $2,000. If sales tax is collected, a use tax would not be collected and vice versa.

The goal of the tax is to allow cities and counties to replace revenue from tax on out-of-state purchases, mainly large items such as vehicles and boats.  A recent Supreme Court decision allows people who buy some motor vehicles in other states to skip local sales tax.

Local use tax issue will not appear on all ballots, but only on ballot for cities that would like to impose the tax.

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Voting Eligibility

You are eligible to register to vote if you are:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A Missouri resident
  • At least 17-1/2 years of age (18 to vote)

You are not eligible to register to vote if you are:

  • Adjudged to be incapacitated by a court of law
  • Confined under a sentence of imprisonment
  • On probation/parole after conviction of a felony until finally discharged
  • After a conviction of a felony or misdemeanor connected with the right of suffrage