Use Tax, Really?
In order to level the playing field for local businesses, the presiding county commissioner and the Chambers of Commerce declared that Cape Girardeau County must pass a use tax. The hysteria surrounding this tax was a fabricated “Rahm Emmanuelnesque” crisis. This is proven by the fact that on August 27th, due to an increase in sales tax collections, the county commissioners reduced property taxes. The real motive behind the presiding county commissioner’s support of the use tax is to have a new (internet) sales tax put into force without the consent of the voters (RSMo Section: 10.018.(e).1 Voter approval required for taxes … and SB 698 Marketplace Fairness Act of 2015, www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/698).