Pierce City plans to resubmit use tax question in August

Friday, April 13, 2018

Officials say funds from out-of-state vendors benefit city

It’s a case of use it or lose it.

Pierce City voters turned down the use tax ballot question at the April 3 polls, a move which, according to City Clerk Julie Johnson, will cost the city approximately $5,600 annually.

Pierce City aldermen approved revisiting the question on the August ballot, in hopes that with more information forthcoming, voters will approve the measure a second time around.

The tax is imposed on Missouri customers who purchase goods from out-of-state vendors. Use tax rate is determined by the point of delivery. Local use taxes are distributed in the same manner as sales taxes.

Major vendors selling goods to Missouri customers online generally do not collect the tax, or if they do, they fail to reimburse to the state, county or city.

In other business, aldermen approved a request from Judy Scheihing for water service on Farm Road 1032, from a termination line located across the road from the Scheihing property.

Aldermen also approved amending the city ordinance concerning qualifications of candidates wanting to serve on the council.

The language of the ordinance will be changed to match the state statutes that candidates must be a registered voter of the city.

Aldermen have approved accepting applications for a pool manager for the municipal swimming pool. The pool is set to open after academic classes dismiss for the summer in May.

City workers are checking into the cost of pool paint bids, with hopes that a grant from CoxHealth Healthy Communities will help pay for the expenditure.

“Even if we don’t get the grant, the pool has to be painted,” Johnson said. “It has to be done.”

Finally, the city was bequeathed a share in an oil well Oklahoma more than 25 years ago, which brings in a small income. Aldermen received notification that a division order contract needed to be signed by Mayor Kenny Smith to act as representative of the city in connection with the contract, authorizing an ordinance to that effect.

The next regular meeting of the Pierce City Board of Aldermen is set for 7 p.m., May 14, at City Hall.

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