Missouri Judge Rejects Lawsuit Over Earnings Tax

8 years 5 days 9 hours ago Wednesday, August 17 2011 Aug 17, 2011 Wednesday, August 17, 2011 8:36:00 AM CDT August 17, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A central Missouri judge has rejected a lawsuit challenging part of a voter-approved law dealing with city earnings taxes.

Missouri voters approved a ballot measure that requires Kansas City and St. Louis to hold elections every five years to decide whether to renew their earnings taxes.

A lawsuit filed by a labor leader and Kansas City manager sought to block the requirement for periodic elections. They argued the election requirement violates Kansas City's charter and the state constitution by requiring an election without funding for it.

The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday the suit was rejected. Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ruled the election requirement does not violate the state constitution or city charter because city officials could opt to abolish the tax and avoid an election.

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