Gateway Arch
11:42 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Arch sales tax legislation sent to Gov. Nixon

Missouri lawmakers have approved legislation that would allow residents in the St. Louis area to vote on whether to raise a local sales tax to help fund improvements at the Gateway Arch.

The measure would allow a local election on a 3/16 percent sales tax. Part of the money would go to the Gateway Arch, and a portion would go to local parks. It also would allow voters in the Kansas City area to decide on a 1/10th percent sales tax for parks, trails and greenways in Jackson County.

House members on Monday approved the legislation 112-29. It previously cleared the Senate, so it now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon.

Supporters say the measure would help pay for a $553 million improvement plan for the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.