Sales tax might help pay for Arch project

Thursday, March 15, 2012 | 8:15 a.m. CDT; updated 5:15 p.m. CDT, Thursday, March 15, 2012

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis-area voters could go to the polls later this year to consider a sales tax that would fund much of the $553 million being sought for improvements to the St. Louis riverfront and the Gateway Arch grounds.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that a bill moving through the Missouri Legislature would allow for the vote, possibly in November, to raise the sales tax in St. Louis city and St. Louis and St. Charles counties by three-sixteenths of a cent.

Aldermen and the county councils would ultimately decide whether to put the issue on the ballot. Madison and St. Clair counties in Illinois might also eventually vote on the proposal.


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Richard Saunders March 15, 2012 | 2:34 p.m.

Gee, you think something that invokes civic pride like the Gateway Arch could be funded by voluntary donations rather than stealing from the public at large through a sales tax, which would have to be paid by anyone who desires luxuries items such as... food.

As always, I ask, just how many people can we afford to impoverish in order to pay for monuments that promote our greatness?

Also, how many people could've afforded to give a donation had not the economy been destroyed by endless government spending that has us currently $16 trillion in the hole? (with promises of over $50T)

Smell that smell? Rome is burning, again, yet the legislators are busy fiddling around while fanning the flames of destruction.

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