- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)9
- 3 students in custody for violent threat; no details released (12/9/16)15
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)34
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Company to start recruiting businesses to Jackson, Cape (12/9/16)14
- 13 venues, 60 sponsors participating in Happy Slapowitz's Toy Bash on Thursday (12/7/16)2
Scott County tax plan makes sense
Scott County voters are being asked to renew a half-cent sales tax for law enforcement that expired last year. The vote is Feb. 3, and county commissioners are offering a trade-off that appears both prudent and reasonable: the elimination of the county portion of real estate and personal property taxes.
The proposed half-cent tax would restore an estimated $1.6 million of revenue a year for eight years, and then the tax would again sunset unless voters approved another extension. Similarly, the elimination of county real and personal property taxes would be for eight years.
Backers of the sales tax proposal say it would result in an overall reduction in the total taxes paid in the county by many Scott County residents. They say the taxes being paid on homes, farms, businesses and vehicles typically is more than is spent on items subject to sales tax in the county. And two of the biggest purchases affecting most residents -- prescriptions and gasoline -- aren't subject to the county sales tax. A significant portion of the additional revenue would instead come from those traveling through Scott County who buy items other than gas.
In April 2007, voters turned down an extension of the sales tax. That vote also would have made the tax permanent. This year's proposal, with its sunset provision and elimination of the county's property taxes, should make this plan more appealing to voters.