CHARLESTON -- Unless something changes, Mississippi County will be tightening the proverbial belt.
Carlin Bennett, presiding county commissioner, noted during the regular Mississippi County Commission meeting Thursday that voters "soundly defeated" establishing a use tax.
The proposed 1 and 3/4 percent local use tax was sought by the Commission to replace the sales tax revenue lost by the county when the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that sales tax could not be charged for vehicles purchased out of state.
With voters rejecting the local use tax, county officials will be faced with "looking at a cut in services," Bennett said, unless the state legislature approves a bill and it isn't rejected by the governor.
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