Bill Would Allow Sales Tax for Gateway Arch

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri lawmakers have approved legislation that would allow residents in the St. Louis area to vote on whether to raise a local sales tax to help fund improvements at the Gateway Arch.

The measure would allow a local election on a 3/16 percent sales tax. Part of the money would go to the Gateway Arch, and a portion would go to local parks. It also would allow voters in the Kansas City area to decide on a 1/10th percent sales tax for parks, trails and greenways in Jackson County.

House members on Monday approved the legislation 112-29. It previously cleared the Senate, so it now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon.

Supporters say the measure would help pay for a $553 million improvement plan for the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

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