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City tax question will likely be on ballot again

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Proposition G failed last week by a 55-45% split.

By Tom Weber, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – A proposed tax increase on business licenses failed by nearly 10 percent last week, but St. Louis city leaders will try again to get it passed.

The new fees would have raised at least $3 million for a city that faces at least a $10 million deficit next fiscal year.

Alderman Steve Conway says the business license fees haven't been changed since 1988.

"Most of our taxes, fees, and levies are fixed flat levy, and we have to go to the voters each time to change that," Conway said. "And they have just not been updated to account for inflation."

Conway heads a committee that's been looking for ways to raise more money for the city.

He says that panel will probably have a say on whether the question goes back on the August or November ballot.

St. Louis City - Prop. G
(Apr. 4, 2006)

Vote Total Percentage
Yes 10,206 45.2%
No 12,369 54.8%

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