ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The so-called “Arch tax” for St. Louis City and St. Louis County residents went into effect Tuesday.

The new 3/16 of a cent sales tax was approved by voters back in April. It is designed to raise money for parks and renovation of the Gateway Arch.

The unusual fraction adds two cents to a $10 purchase, for example, in addition to existing sales taxes in the city and county.

In some parts of the region the sales tax is above 12 percent.

A study released last year by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation found St. Louis had the tenth-highest local sales tax rate of the 107 cities studied.


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