Kansas City, St. Louis voters revisit earnings tax

2 years 9 months 1 week ago Tuesday, April 05 2016 Apr 5, 2016 Tuesday, April 05, 2016 10:52:06 AM CDT April 05, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Voters in Missouri's two biggest cities are headed to the polls to decide whether to renew the decades-old earnings tax.

The tax requires those who work in Kansas City or St. Louis to pay a 1 percent tax on their pay. Because nonresidents also must pay, thousands of commuters from the neighboring states of Kansas and Illinois are affected.

Voters overwhelmingly embraced renewing the tax five years ago.

Supporters in both cities say losing the revenue would mean cuts in services. Opponents counter that the tax is unfair and drives businesses and workers to the suburbs, and that eliminating it would force the cities to weed out fraud and redundant services.

Voter rejection of the tax would phase it out over a decade by one-tenth of a percent each year.

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