Missouri – MO Judge orders soccer stadium, sales tax hike questions on April ballot

St. Louis Business Journal

Jacob Kern Feb 9, 2017, 2:52pm CST

St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Michael Mullen on Thursday ordered the city’s Board of Election Commissioners to place sales tax hike and Major League Soccerstadium questions on the April ballot.

The city of St. Louis petitioned the court — in effect suing the election board — after the Board of Aldermen earlier this month passed legislation concerning the two initiatives. The city had missed a Jan. 24 deadline to get the measures on the ballot, requiring it to go to court.

The city would ask residents whether to raise the sales tax 0.5 percent, generating some $20 million per year that could be used for public safety cameras, neighborhood development and a MetroLink expansion starter fund. Residents would separately be asked whether to use a corresponding rise in the local use tax, generating some $4 million annually, to help finance the construction of the soccer stadium, planned just west of Union Station.

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