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Not Quite Half Of Readers Would Support Arch/Park Sales Tax, A Third Oppose

March 28, 2012 Featured, Parks, STL Region, Taxes 3 Comments
ABOVE: The final piece of the Gateway Arch was set into place on Thursday October 28, 1965

If the folks at CityArchRiver plan to get voters to approve a 3/16¢ sales tax with part of the funds paying off bonds for their 2015 project they’ve got their work cut out for them. I think it’s fair to say the readership here is more pro-city than the region at large but not even half of those that voted indicated they’d support such a tax:

Q: Would You Support A 3/16¢ Sales Tax Increase for Parks/Arch?

  1. Yes, we need to invest in parks and the Arch is a major tourist attraction for the region 67 [49.63%]
  2. No, sales taxes are too high already 45 [33.33%]
  3. Maybe 15 [11.11%]
  4. Other: 7 [5.19%]
  5. Unsure/No Opinion 1 [0.74%]

Those that answered “maybe” could be the deciding factor on approval, assuming 50% +1 is what’s needed for approval. Here are the other answers that were submitted:

  1. Not for the current arch ground plan, we need to start over again I’m afraid
  2. for city parks, yes, National Parks, no
  3. Not unless it will help pay for removal of the depressed/elevated section of I70
  4. Yes, but lets also include Jefferson County
  5. No, not for the current project. Save local funds for metro expansion (N/S Line)
  6. Only if they got rid of the ridiculous idea of the gondola going across the rive
  7. yes but only if the bill is expanded to all of the METRO AREA

We’ll see what happens if a tax increase measure is placed on the ballot for voters to decide.

– Steve Patterson


Currently there are "3 comments" on this Article:

  1. Moe says:

    I  think it shows that if or when they present the plan to voters, they will have their work cut out for them to convince of the need.  But if they do openly and honestly, I think the measure will pass.  Voters can be surprising smart at times!

    • JZ71 says:

      Getting that tax approved for a new courthouse in Clayton could be a good indicator of the voters’ mood . . .

  2. Chris says:

    The Arch plan is so unbelievably uninspiring that I can see why no one would want to pay more taxes to fund it.


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