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St. Louis politicians support tax hike to help downtown

February 23, 2000
By: Aaron Cummins
State Capital Bureau
Links: HB 1915

For the second time in a matter of weeks, a few well-known St. Louis politicians came to the capitol looking for help in improving downtown St. Louis. Aaron Cummins has more from Jefferson City--

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Mayor Clarence Harmon and former Senators John Danforth and Tom Eagleton came to pledge their support for a regional sales tax to revitalize downtown.

Danforth says the entire St. Louis area is dependent on the condition of downtown.

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Contents: Danforth says it is impossible to have a good region if St. Louis' downtown is in decay.

If passed by both county and city voters, the plan would call for a four-tenths of a cent tax increase.

That means people would pay 4 cents more for every ten dollars they spend.

From the Capitol, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.


An elder statesman of Missouri politics came to the Capitol today/Wednesday to voice support for a tax to revitalize downtown St. Louis. Aaron Cummins has the story from Jefferson City--

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Former Senator Tom Eagleton told a House committee that St. Louis is headed down the wrong path.

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But, Eagleton says a proposed four-tenths of a cent sales tax increase can stop that from happening.

That increase would have to be approved by both city and county voters.

The plan received a lot of support, but only one opponent testified-- the St. Louis County Municipal League.

From the Capitol, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.


Two former Missouri Senators came to the Capitol today/Wednesday to support a plan to revitalize downtown St. Louis. Aaron Cummins has more from Jefferson City--

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Tom Eagleton and John Danforth told a House committee a regional sales tax would help St. Louis.

Eagleton says St. Louis should follow the lead of other cities.

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Contents: Former Senator Tom Eagleton says 4,000 more people have moved into downtown Cleveland after a project there and St. Louis can do the same.

The tax increase would have to be approved by city and county voters.

It would raise the tax by 4 cents on every ten dollars spent.

From Jefferson City, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.


A former U.S. Senator says he thinks county voters will support a sales tax to pay for renovations to downtown St. Louis. Aaron Cummins has more from Jefferson City--

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That tax would be a four-tenths of a cent increase over the next seven years.

Former Senator John Danforth says when it comes to a vote he thinks county voters will realize the value of downtown.

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Contents: Danforth says voters will see the necessity in having a viable downtown.

Voters in both the city and the county will have to approve the tax, but first legislators have to okay the plan.

From Jefferson City, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.