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City of Independence
BILL NO. 19-029Ord.No:          19011

Agenda Title:

19-029 - 2R. An ordinance imposing a use tax at the rate of two and one quarter percent (2.25%) for the privilege of storing, using, or consuming within the City any article of tangible personal property pursuant to the authority granted by the State of Missouri and subject to the provision of Sections 144.600 through 144.761 RSMO; providing for the Use Tax to be repealed, reduced or raised in the same amount as any City sales tax is repealed, reduced or raised; and providing for submission of the proposal to the qualified voters of the City for their approval at the special election called and to be held in the City on August 6, 2019, and proposing the form of the ballots to be employed at said election and directing the City Clerk to do all things called for by law in connection with the holding of said election.
Executive Summary:

If approved, this ordinance would place "Proposition P" before the registered voters of Independence on August 6th, 2019. Proposition P would implement the Use Tax in Independence, with revenues being split equally to fund operation of the regional animal shelter and to hire additional police personnel.

At the regular meeting of the City Council on May 6th, 2019, a group of citizens petitioned the City Council to place a measure they identified as "Proposition P" before the qualified voters of Independence on August 6th, 2019.  Specifically, this measure would implement the Use Tax to be applied on those purchases made online from a vendor with a physical nexus in Missouri.  The tax would be applied at the same rate and in the same manner as is already being done with purchases made in-person at traditional brick-and-mortar stores as previously authorized by the voters of Independence.  Revenues from the tax would be dedicated to two causes.  50% of those revenues would be used to fund operation of the regional animal shelter, while the remaining 50% would be used to hire additional police personnel.  These expenditures would be monitored by the existing Animal Welfare Committee and the Pubic Safety Sales Tax Committee, respectively. 

Department:          City Manager's OfficeContact Person:          Zach Walker

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