Vote No On Prop 1 Eco Devo Sales Tax

Prop1Enabling Legislation (for the ballot): Board Bill 227

Say NO to regressive sales tax. City sales tax is already one of the highest in state. If Prop 1 passes, the sales tax in City will be 9.179% to 11.68%, depending on location and special taxing districts

Say No to raising taxes for to be decided economic development needs/wants. No funds are earmarked by percentage for the purposes promoted. If passed, the money can be appropriated for anything falling under economic development, including maintenance of The Dome or Scottrade (“upgrade the city’s infrastructure”).

Say No to more public funds being managed by yet another appointed board unaccountable to voters. This one would have 2 appointees from School Board, 5 appointees from Mayor, 2 appointees from Board of Aldermen

Say No to a tax that would raise no more than a drop in the bucket for Metrolink Expansion and obviously Metrolink Expansion is just the bait to get you to vote for it.

Say No to a proposal that supporters say would raise money for MetroLink expansion with no conversation about improving bus service.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Vote No On Prop 2 Use Tax for Soccer Stadium

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Enabling Legislation (for the ballot): Board Bill 226

Companion Legislation Financing Statement (not on ballot): Board Bill 290

Prop 2 is a Use Tax* to be dedicated to building a soccer stadium.

Say NO to spending the Use Tax on corporate welfare instead of public services.

Say NO to a deal that we don’t know how much it will actually cost. There is NO agreement between City and MoDOT for free or cheap land for the project.

Say NO to a deal heavily promoted via its companion Finance Statement (Board Bill 290) — which may be amended by Board of Aldermen. What you see in the campaign literature may not be what you get.

Say NO to the City owning a third stadium we cannot afford. Bills are coming due on The Dome and Scottrade and the City faces a $20M budget deficit on public services.

Say NO to pie in the sky economic benefit projections.

Say NO to a Community Betterment Agreement did not involve community input.

Say NO to a major project without regional shared responsibility.

*Prop 2 Use Tax is connected to Prop 1 Sales Tax. When sales tax increases, then Business Use Tax increases by same percentage. The Business Use Tax applies to City businesses that buy goods outside Missouri. It currently generates $30M used for public health, affordable housing, and public safety. The Prop 2 Use Tax would generate about $4M a year. If Prop 2 Fails and Prop 1 passes, the City would spend the additional funds as needs/wants dictate. If Prop 1 Fails, Prop 2 also fails regardless of the vote.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Vote No on Prop NS Property Tax Hike

 

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Initiative Petition posted at end.

This bond is a bond issue by initiative petition which, if it passes, will be paid for with increased property taxes.

Say NO to a property tax increase that does not say “tax increase” on the ballot and to the initiative petition drive in which signature gatherers lied and said there was no tax increase involved.

Say NO to a bond issue and tax increase which was not vetted by the Board of Aldermen.

Say NO to a tax hike on the eve of  the City needing to find solutions to a $20 Million budget deficit.

Say NO to creating more funding for the St. Louis Development Corporation, an independent city agency with major transparency issues.

Also, be aware that former Mayor Vincent Schoemehl has been spearheading this proposal from the beginning, invested at least $1000 to the Prop NS campaign committee, and loaned the committee another $1350.

Is funding the stabilization of structures and reducing demolition by neglect a worthy cause? Yes.

Are there some very dedicated, earnest people working for passage of this ballot issue? Yes.

But this is neither the right proposal nor the right time to pass a tax hike.

Vote No on Prop NS.

– Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman
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This Weekend

fish-fryFriday Fish Frys

4:30-7:30 pm McKinley Hts: Holy Trinity Serbian Church @ 1910 Serbian Drive – Catfish, Tilapia, Cod

4:30-7:30 pm Soulard: St. Agatha’s @ 3239 S 9th & Utah – Tilapia & Polish Beer

bruceonfloor5-8 pm Soulard: American Legion BKZ Post 422 @ 2601 S 11th @ Sidney – Cod

Politics

9-11:30 am Saturday 78th District Empowerment Rally with State Rep. Bruce Franks @ 2720 Cherokee – Legislative Updates, Ballot Issue Speakers, Community Resources, Donuts – Free

9 am Saturday St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee Meeting @ Best Place Event Center, 5736 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr – Open to the Public

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10 am Saturday McKinley Heights: Spring Planting Day @ McKinley Meadows, 2258 Missouri

1-3 pm Sunday Soulard: 7th Ward Seed Swap Happy Hour @ Nadine’s, 1931 S 12th (RSVP)