ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOX) – It will be next year before we know if a sales tax increase benefiting the Arch will be on the ballot in St. Louis County.

The St. Louis County Council introduced a bill Tuesday that would put the 3/16 of a cent sales tax increase to a vote of the people in the spring but because the Council won’t meet again until January 8th, we won’t know if it will be on the ballot until then.

Bill sponsor Mike O’Mara says he thinks it should be up to the citizens.

“I really think it’s going to be good for the region,” he said. “It’s a regional project and St. Louis County will also benefit with the sales tax.”

He says he hasn’t asked other council members if they’ll vote for it yet but believes it will pass.

“The three counties involved are the city of St. Louis and St. Charles County but it has to be approved by St. Louis County and one of the other two supporting counties,” O’Mara explained.

Figures show St. Louis County would need to approve the proposal for it to generate enough revenue to work. O’Mara says he’ll be actively campaigning for the sales tax increase since Jefferson Barracks isn’t the only park which would benefit. Parks in St. Louis County would also receive extra revenue through the measure.


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