Lawmakers hope third time's the charm for use tax

May 14, 2013

Missouri lawmakers have voted for a third time to reinstate local taxes on cars, trucks and boats bought from out-of-state dealers or in private transactions.

The state Supreme Court struck down such taxes in 2012 but said a local "use tax" could be levied on such purchases if local voters approved. Legislators approved proposals to reverse the ruling's effect last year and again this year. But Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed both, including the most recent one last month.

Senators approved a revised version last week and the House gave it final approval yesterday on a vote of 118-38. It now goes to Nixon.