Columbia Chamber of Commerce Endorses Tax Hike

3 years 4 months 22 hours ago March 22, 2013 Mar 22, 2013 Friday, March 22 2013 Friday, March 22, 2013 8:08:00 PM CDT in News
By: Brendan Cullerton

COLUMBIA - The Boone County sales tax could be three-eights of a cent higher soon.

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce officially endorsed the proposed tax hike on Friday. The increased revenue would fund improved 911 services in Boone County.

Columbia Chamber of Commerce Vice President Kristi Ray said the choice to support the tax hike was not a purely economic decision.

"The majority of our members said if this is what we need for the betterment of our community, and knowing that the business community is also going to be using those 911 services, then in the end that's what outweighed any economic reasons," Ray said.

Fifty-six percent of chamber members voted to endorse the proposal. The group Keep Columbia Free does not support the measure.

"It's a bad idea to raise taxes in this economy," said President Mark Flakne. "It's going to hurt struggling families."

Flakne added that he thinks the 911 program needs improvement, but he wants Boone County to make better use of its current funds.

"(The tax) is like giving a gambling addict more money," Flakne said.

Proposition One is up for public vote during the next election on April 2.

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