In March, the Missouri Supreme Court heard a case regarding the constitutionality of a state tax credit which, as we stated then, enabled St. Louis developer Paul McKee to buy up several tracts of land on the city’s north side.
At that time, McKee had received $28 million in tax credits for his NorthSide project and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay signed off on the project in February.
Today, the Missouri Supreme Court said that the tax credit is, indeed, constitutional.
When the case was heard in March, attorney Irene Smith, who represents plaintiffs and North St. Louis residents Barbara Manzara and Keith Marquard, said that the tax credit violates the state constitution by giving state tax dollars to private business interests.
The Supreme Court cited a couple different reasons for their decision.