Voters in numerous Mo. counties pass 'use tax'

Apr 4, 2013

Voters in more than a dozen Missouri counties have approved local taxes that can be applied to out-of-state purchases.

Figures from the Missouri Association of Counties show use taxes passed in 13 of 18 counties where it appeared on Tuesday's ballots. In November, use tax proposals were defeated in six of eight counties.

Results from Tuesday for cities seeking use taxes were mixed.

Local governments have been seeking to enact use taxes after the state Supreme Court ruled last year that cities and counties cannot tax some vehicle sales unless such a tax has been adopted.

On Wednesday, Missouri lawmakers gave final approval to legislation aimed at helping reinstate the local taxes on vehicle sales. The measure passed the House 123-32, and the Senate 32-0. It now goes to Governor Jay Nixon.