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Sales Tax Opponent Complains to State

By Tom Weber, KWMU

St. Louis – An opponent of a sales tax increase in St. Louis County is filing a complaint with the state.

Voters will decide next month whether to increase the sales tax to pay for county parks.

But Activist Tom Sullivan says county officials are only presenting one side, which constitutes a campaign.

He says County Executive Charlie Dooley and Councilman Skip Mange should therefore report any spending on that campaign.

"Government is supposed to provide an equal opportunity to everyone and when it says 'This proposal we are for and we're not going to allow any opponents to take part in it,'" Sullivan said. "I think that's a blatant misuse of public funds."

Mange calls the claim unfounded and wrong.

He says he's made campaign material on his own computer in his own time.

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