St. Louis voters might weigh tax hike for area parks

Friday, December 7, 2012 | 8:31 a.m. CST; updated 11:20 a.m. CST, Friday, December 7, 2012

ST. LOUIS — A plan to raise at least $760 million in taxes to benefit St. Louis-area parks and transform the Gateway Arch grounds could go to voters in April.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that city alderwoman Phyllis Young is introducing a bill to put the regional sales tax onto the city ballot. Her counterparts in St. Louis County and St. Charles County are expected to do the same in the coming weeks.

The increase, if approved by voters in all three jurisdictions, would raise about $38 million a year for 20 years. Thirty percent would go to the Arch grounds, 30 percent to the Great Rivers Greenway trail system, and 40 percent would be divided among the city and the two counties.

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