Marble Hill voters to decide next month on redirecting sales tax

Thursday, May 24, 2012

MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Marble Hill is asking voters to change how revenue from a sales tax can be used by the city.

In August 2010, voters approved a half-cent sales tax that would be used for capital improvements. When it was approved, the city repealed personal and real estate property taxes.

Marble Hill is now asking voters to change the tax June 5. If the voters approve, money that comes in from the tax will go into the general revenue fund instead of toward capital improvements.

If the change is defeated, the tax will continue to put revenue into the capital improvement fund.

For an expense to be considered a capital improvement expense, it has to be for something that costs more than $500 and expected to last more than a year, said city administrative assistant Tammy Whitney. General fund expenses cannot be paid from capital improvement accounts.

"What we're asking is for the community to allow the city to put the revenue in the general fund so we will be able to make up for the shortfall we're facing now in other areas within the city," Whitney said.

If an emergency were to occur, she said, the city could transfer money from the general fund to the capital improvement fund.

Voting for both city wards will be from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 5 at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center. A simple majority vote will decide the issue.

Pertinent address:

502 Broadway, Marble Hill, MO

Map of pertinent addresses

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