McCaskill Questions TDDs
Transportation Development Districts can add as much as 1% to Missouri sales tax. McCaskill audited TDDs to find out where they are and their costs, as well as to increase public awareness.
State law allows the extra sales tax to pay for roads, bridges and interchanges near those businesses.
"I think the taxpayers in general are getting snowballed," said resident David Pratt.
McCaskill also said the Department of Revenue does not regulate such taxes.
"We don't have any mechanism through the DOR, to check to see if the amount of taxes being charged is being computed appropriately," she explained. "Are they overcharging, or undercharging, based on the tax that has been imposed by these developers?"
McCaskill is also concerned that developers don't have to tell the public when they ask local governments to form TDDs.
"I think there needs to be a mechanism for accountability," she added. "And there needs to be a mechanism for public input."
Most of Columbia's Transportation Development Districts charge an extra one-half cent in sales tax.