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Municipalities are authorized by state statute to implement a sales tax for economic development.
This sales tax must be used for economic development activities detailed in the statute.
This can include improving or building roads, sidewalks and other infrastructure, adding parks and trails and updating existing buildings and property if it will improve the community.
The tax must be approved by the majority of voters.
The Board of Aldermen must vote to collect the tax and can suspend or repeal it any time.
This sales tax does not authorize the City to incur additional debt; it only authorizes the City to collect a sales tax to produce revenue for economic development activities.
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On April 2, 2019, Brentwood voters approved Proposition B, an economic development sales tax to fully fund the Brentwood Bound plan, by a 3-to-1 margin.
Proposition B is a proposal for a one-half of one percent economic development sales tax in the City of Brentwood. The City plans to use the funds to pay for the Brentwood Bound plan.
The Board of Aldermen voted to restrict the use of the funds to the implementation of the Brentwood Bound plan.
The City plans to collect the tax from January 1, 2020, through 2044.
The one-half of one percent sales tax results in an additional nickel on a $10 purchase, or 50 cents on a $100 purchase.
A one-half of one percent economic development sales tax is estimated to generate $3.2 million per year for the City of Brentwood.
Yes, the City will stop collecting the sales tax by 2044.
Researchers at Kellogg Insight have found that, overall, sales tax rates are not noticeable enough to consumers to make them change their shopping behavior. Instead, consumers choose where to shop based on availability of goods, convenience, price and prior shopping experiences.
It is estimated that more than 75% of the tax revenue generated in the City of Brentwood comes from shoppers who do not live in Brentwood.
The city does not assess a local property tax. The funding of Brentwood Bound will not change local property tax rates.
Shall the City of Brentwood impose a sales tax of one-half of one percent for economic development purposes, including flood mitigation, transportation improvements, pedestrian greenways and economic revitalization, for a period not to exceed twenty-five years?
[ ] Yes [ ] No
If you are in favor of the question, place an “X” in the box opposite “Yes.” If you are opposed to the question, place an “X” in the box opposite “No.”
Prop. B was on the ballot for the general municipal election on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.
For voter registration information, contact the St. Louis County Election Board at 314.615.1800 or visit them online at https://www.stlouisco.com/Your-Government/Elections/Voter-Registration.
Registered voters may request that an absentee ballot be mailed to them via the St. Louis County Board of Election. To request an absentee ballot, contact the St. Louis County Election Board at 314.615.1800 or visit them online at www.stlouisco.com/yourgovernment/elections.