Carthage voters said yes to continuing to collect a 2.75 percent sales tax on the out-of-state purchase of vehicles, trailers, boats and other items that requires a title in Missouri.

Carthage voters said yes to continuing to collect a 2.75 percent sales tax on the out-of-state purchase of vehicles, trailers, boats and other items that requires a title in Missouri.
Only 4.21 percent of the 7,689 eligible voters cast ballots on Tuesday, but a 68 percent of those voters said yes to the proposal.
The vote was 222 in favor and 102 against.
City Administrator Tom Short said he was grateful to the citizens for making the tax permanent.
“The first time we tried this as a use tax and it failed, so this time we revised it to be a sales tax,” Short said. “thankfully, the people got the message that this will help the local economy, not just in the funds for the city, but also to provide a level playing field for Carthage businesses.

Background
Short told the Carthage City Council that issue stems from a 2012 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 out on about $65,000 in revenue in 2011 when the tax wasn't collected, but the state legislature passed a fix 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.
A use tax would have allowed the city to collect sales tax on some internet sales.
The measure to extend the county's use tax was also rejected in that election 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 gave cities until November 2018 to get voters to approve the tax.

Webb City vote
Webb City voters also went to the polls and said yes to a 2.5 percent out-of-state use tax on vehicles and other titled property and other purchases over $2,000.
That measure passed by a vote of 210 yes to 168 no.
Turnout in Webb City was also a dismal, 4.84 percent.