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Low Voter Turnout Leads to Increased Taxes

Allison Blood
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Planning on voting in your local April election? One Missouri tax watchdog group says you probably should, unless you want to see your taxes go up.

The local chapter of Americans for Prosperity says there are 22 different tax increases on the various April ballot, some for municipalities like Clayton, others for school districts like Lindbergh or fire districts like Creve Coeur.

State Director Patrick Werner says those measures often pass because voter turnout for April elections is so low.

Werner says only about 15 percent of people turn up to vote in April elections, but everyone has to pay the tax.

“When we saw this number, we thought it was a perfect opportunity to highlight what’s coming up and draw some attention to it,” he says. “People can have more information, whether the tax increase they have coming up on the April ballot is good or bad for their community.”

Nationally, Missouri ranks 14th highest in sales taxes. Some places in St. Louis pay a sales tax as high as 10 percent.

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