Council to Vote on Sales Tax Increase in Jefferson City

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JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City council is set to vote Monday on a potential sales tax ballot issue. The council's vote will determine whether residents vote on the issue in February.

Carrie Carroll is a Jefferson City fourth ward council member. She said the increase would be a half cent, taking the current sales tax of 7.725 percent to 8.225 percent. The increase would last for a period of ten years. Carroll said in that ten years, the city would use the money to work on projects like the Missouri State Penitentiary development project, the new convention center and other projects the Jefferson City "Transformation" economic development strategic planning group has in mind.

Carroll also owns Carrie's Hallmark in downtown Jefferson City. She said she ordinarily doesn't support sales tax increases, but in this case, Caroll said the increased tax would fund projects she thinks are important to the community.