Carthage voters will decide in August whether to keep an existing sales tax on vehicles requiring titles that are bought from out of state or let the tax lapse in 2018, potentially costing the city $65,000 a year.

Carthage voters will decide in August whether to keep an existing sales tax on vehicles requiring titles that are bought from out of state or let the tax lapse in 2018, potentially costing the city $65,000 a year.
The Carthage City Council voted unanimously on May 23 to place the tax on the ballot on Aug. 8.
The Jasper County Elections office said Webb City voters will vote on a similar proposal in that city.
In Carthage, the tax is 2.75 cents on the dollar.
The sales tax is collected along with other vehicle taxes when someone gets a new title for a vehicle in Missouri that they bought out of state.
Carthage City Administrator Tom Short said it's a tax the city currently collects with the permission of the state legislature, but it will go away at the end of 2018, costing the city between $65,000 and $75,000 if voters don't vote to renew it.
Short said issue stems from a 2011 Missouri Supreme Court ruling that declared the state's sales tax law didn't allow the state to collect what was then called a use tax on vehicles, boats, trailers and other vehicles and large ticket items purchased by residents of Carthage from out-of-state businesses.
The city lost about $65,000 in revenue in 2011 when the tax wasn't collected, but Missouri lawmakers in Jefferson City passed a bill that reinstated the tax, but required that cities put it before voters or it would go away a second time.
Voters in Carthage rejected the renewal of the use tax in November 2013 by a vote of 268 no to 203 yes.
The measure was also rejected by voters county-wide by a margin of 2,832 no to 1,286 yes.
At that time the tax was scheduled to expire in November 2016, but state lawmakers passed an extension which now gives cities until November 2018 to get voters to approve the tax.
City officials said local auto dealers and other businesses would suffer if voters don't extend the tax because the purchase of those items out of state would be cheaper than in Carthage.
Short said the issue affects businesses in this area more than in other places because of Carthage's proximity to three other states.
Short said the city plans to work with the Carthage Chamber of Commerce to get information to voters about the issue prior to the August 2017 election.