LETTER: Proposition A won't let Missouri cities make own decisions

Monday, October 25, 2010 | 5:21 p.m. CDT

I live in rural Missouri. On Nov. 2, I will have the opportunity to vote on Proposition A, which, if it passes, would force Kansas City and St. Louis, cities that currently have an earnings tax, to hold referendums— perhaps every 5 years. It would also bar other Missouri cities from imposing an earnings tax.

For all the talk of freedom being bandied about, this proposition seeks to take autonomy from most Missouri municipalities. If passed, and then passed by city voters in 2011, it would leave our two major cities without the ability to do long-term planning. Replacing these funds would require drastic increases in property and sales taxes.

Your opinion on revenues should not influence your vote on Proposition A. This scheme is almost totally financed by billionaire Rex Sinquefield. I believe I should be able to vote my opinion for Glasgow, but I don’t think I should decide how Centralia or Springfield fund essential services. I don’t think Rex Sinquefield should either.

Jane Whitesides lives in Glasgow.


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