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County voters to decide on new Metro tax

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By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – St. Louis County voters will decide February 5th whether to raise taxes for the transit agency Metro.

On Tuesday, the county council voted 5-2 to put a half-cent sales tax proposal before voters.

Half of the money would be used to extend light rail service to Florissant and West Port Plaza. Metro would use the rest for operations.

County Executive Charlie Dooley told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Tuesday that he fully supports the increase.

However in a report that aired earlier Tuesday on KWMU, Dooley would not offer an opinion, and said only that it's for the voters to decide. (Dooley made those comments Oct. 31.)

If county voters pass the tax, a quarter-cent tax that city voters passed a decade ago will go into effect automatically.

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