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Chamber Board Passes Resolutions Endorsing Four Initiatives On April 5th Ballot

Chamber Board Passes Resolutions Endorsing Four Initiatives On April 5th Ballot

At their meeting on February 15, the Chamber Board of Directors threw their support behind four ballot initiatives which voters will be voting on this April 5.  View the resolutions passed by the Chamber Board below.

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RESOLUTION No. 2022-01

A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE GREATER ST. CHARLES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUPPORTING "PROPOSITION R" THE REAUTHORIZATION OF ST. CHARLES COUNTY’S TRANSPORTATION TAX

WHEREAS, the population of St. Charles County has grown from 212,913 to an estimated 408,506 in 2021; and,
 
WHEREAS, new road construction is vital to the continued economic prosperity and growth we all enjoy throughout St. Charles County; and,
 
WHEREAS, a half-cent transportation sales tax was first approved by St. Charles County voters in 1985, reauthorized in 1994, 2004, 2012 and now needs a majority to re-authorize its collection for another 10 years; and,
 
WHEREAS, the half-cent transportation sales tax currently generates approximately $30 million a year that is used to ease the flow of goods and services, shoppers and employees, residents and tourists in St. Charles County: and,
 
WHEREAS, 99% of all funds collected go directly to project costs; and,
 
WHEREAS, funds from the ½-cent Transportation Sales Tax are administered by the St. Charles County Road Board, a 12-member citizen advisory commission whose members are appointed by the County Executive and approved by the County Council; and,
 
WHEREAS, the transportation sales tax has previously funded major road projects such as Mexico Road, Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Arena Parkway, Winghaven Blvd., T.R. Hughes Blvd., Spencer Road, Feise Road, Wentzville Parkway, Knaust Road, Cottleville Parkway, Hwy. 364 (Page Avenue), David Hoekel Parkway, Riverpointe, Lake St. Louis Blvd., and numerous other projects throughout St. Charles County; and
 
WHEREAS, “Proposition R”, a NO TAX INCREASE proposal on the April 5, 2022, ballot in St. Charles County, calls for extending the half-cent transportation sales tax for another 10 years (through 2036);
 
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce fully and unanimously supports renewing the County-wide, half-cent transportation sales tax and calls on voters to help keep traffic moving in St. Charles County by voting yes on “Proposition R” this April 5, 2022.
 
Motion made, seconded, and duly passed by the Board of Directors on this 15th day of February 2022.

Signed by Sarah Botts, 2022 Chairman of the Board and attested by Katherine Flett, 2022 Secretary


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RESOLUTION No. 2022-02
 
A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE GREATER ST. CHARLES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUPPORTING "PROPOSITION 4" A NO TAX INCREASE BOND ISSUE IN THE FORT ZUMWALT SCHOOL DISTRICT
 
 
WHEREAS, Prop 4 is a no-tax-increase $125-million bond issue for maintenance, upgrades and additions for Fort Zumwalt School District’s 27 schools and five support facilities; and,
 
WHEREAS, this bond issue requires a 57 percent approval to pass and would not increase taxes for residents; and,
 
WHEREAS, Prop 4 will provide funds for regular maintenance, necessary upgrades and additions across the Fort Zumwalt School District; and,
 
WHEREAS, funds collected from the passage of Prop 4 allows the school district to maintain and improve the health and safety of its buildings, manage continued growth, and provide other opportunities for students through fine arts and athletics upgrades, and,
 
WHEREAS, low interest rates and a strong bonding capacity will only extend the life of the Fort Zumwalt School District’s current debt repayment schedule by four years (to 2042) while protecting the community’s investment in its school facilities, and,
 
WHEREAS, investment in the education of students, the facilities in which they learn, and the programs they can take part in are important to the long-term economic growth of St. Charles County.
 
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce fully and unanimously supports Proposition 4, a NO TAX INCREASE bond issue in the Fort Zumwalt School District, this April 5, 2022.
 
Motion made, seconded, and duly passed by the Board of Directors on this 15th day of February 2022.

Signed by Sarah Botts, 2022 Chairman of the Board and attested by Katherine Flett, 2022 Secretary

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RESOLUTION No. 2022-03
 
A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE GREATER ST. CHARLES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUPPORTING "PROP U" IN THE CITY OF ST. PETERS ALLOWING A USE TAX TO BE PLACED ON ITEMS PURCHASED FROM OUT-OF-STATE RETAILERS AND VENDORS
 
 
WHEREAS, the legality of charging internet sales taxes was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case South Dakota v. Wayfair in 2018; and,
 
WHEREAS, in 2021, Governor Mike Parson signed a bill making Missouri the last state in the nation to allow for the collection of sales taxes for online purchases starting in 2023; and,
 
WHEREAS, local governments must pass a local Use Tax in order to begin collecting taxes on online purchases; and,
 
WHEREAS, ecommerce now represents more than twenty percent of all spending (just 7.1 percent in 2011) and has seen growth of at least 13 percent every year since 2011 (32 percent growth in 2020 as a result of the pandemic); and,
 
WHEREAS, unlike sales taxes at physical stores, which goes into the coffers of the communities where the retailer is located, the local use tax paid by out-of-state retailers will go to the community where the purchaser lives – benefitting residents who rely on services provided by local governments; and,
 
WHEREAS, the increasing impact of internet sales and associated decreases in local sales tax revenue will impact the services local governments are able to provide to residents and businesses; and,
 
WHEREAS, “Prop U”, on the April 5, 2022, ballot in the City of St. Peters, would allow for a Use Tax equal to the local sale tax rate of 2% to be placed on items purchased from out-of-state retailers and vendors.
 
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that since 2019, the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce (GSTCCC) has supported the establishment of an internet sales tax that levels the playing field for local small businesses who are already required to collect sales taxes enabling them to be more competitive with online businesses.
 
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the GSTCCC fully and unanimously supports the creation of a local Use Tax and encourages voters in the City of St. Peters to vote “YES” on “Proposition U” this April 5, 2022.
 
Motion made, seconded, and duly passed by the Board of Directors on this 15th day of February 2022.

Signed by Sarah Botts, 2022 Chairman of the Board and attested by Katherine Flett, 2022 Secretary

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RESOLUTION No. 2022-04
 
A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE GREATER ST. CHARLES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUPPORTING "PROP S" IN THE CITY OF ST. CHARLES ALLOWING A USE TAX TO BE PLACED ON ITEMS PURCHASED FROM OUT-OF-STATE RETAILERS AND VENDORS
 
 
WHEREAS, the legality of charging internet sales taxes was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case South Dakota v. Wayfair in 2018; and,
 
WHEREAS, in 2021, Governor Mike Parson signed a bill making Missouri the last state in the nation to allow for the collection of sales taxes for online purchases starting in 2023; and,
 
WHEREAS, local governments must pass a local Use Tax in order to begin collecting taxes on online purchases; and,
 
WHEREAS, ecommerce now represents more than twenty percent of all spending (just 7.1 percent in 2011) and has seen growth of at least 13 percent every year since 2011 (32 percent growth in 2020 as a result of the pandemic); and,
 
WHEREAS, unlike sales taxes at physical stores, which goes into the coffers of the communities where the retailer is located, the local use tax paid by out-of-state retailers will go to the community where the purchaser lives – benefitting residents who rely on services provided by local governments; and,
 
WHEREAS, the increasing impact of internet sales and associated decreases in local sales tax revenue will impact the services local governments are able to provide to residents and businesses; and,
 
WHEREAS, “Prop S”, on the April 5, 2022, ballot in the City of St. Charles, would allow for a Use Tax equal to the local sale tax rate of 2% to be placed on items purchased from out-of-state retailers and vendors.
 
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that since 2019, the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce (GSTCCC) has supported the establishment of an internet sales tax that levels the playing field for local small businesses who are already required to collect sales taxes enabling them to be more competitive with online businesses.
 
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the GSTCCC fully and unanimously supports the creation of a local Use Tax and encourages voters in the City of St. Charles to vote “YES” on “Proposition S” this April 5, 2022.
 
Motion made, seconded, and duly passed by the Board of Directors on this 15th day of February 2022.

Signed by Sarah Botts, 2022 Chairman of the Board and attested by Katherine Flett, 2022 Secretary
 
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