The Passing Of a Use Tax Could Increase Employee Wages in Scott City
For Scott City officials, approving a use tax is a no-brainer. They said Wednesday a use tax could generate $200,000 or more yearly if passed by voters on November 2, 2021. Revenue generated from the tax may go toward street improvements and boosting city employees’ pay scale. Officials said the proposed levy, also referred to as an internet sales tax, will be identical to Scott City’s current 1.75percent sales tax if passed by a simple majority vote. A use tax is not a double tax, officials said. Residents would never pay a use and sales tax at the same time and it would only levy a tax on goods bought online and from out-of-state companies. Officials say the city spent around $400,000 last year to overlay portions of streets throughout the city. Use-tax revenue would help the city in continuing where it left off in overlay asphalting. Officials said a use tax would benefit Scott City; no matter how the City Council decides to spend revenue from the tax. Missouri is the last state in the country to approve legislation for the taxing of internet sales.