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RV ShowAmid warnings of possible lost jobs and declining revenue for cities and counties, Missouri lawmakers are making another run at reinstating local sales tax on vehicle purchases after Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed an attempt last year.

A Senate transportation committee heard testimony Wednesday (Feb. 6) on the Legislature’s most recent proposal that would allow cities and counties to impose a local sales tax on all sales of motor vehicles, trailers, boats and outboard motors but require voters to decide whether to continue levying it.

At issue is a January 2012 decision by the Missouri Supreme Court, which ruled Greene County could not charge a local sales tax on a man who bought a boat, motor and trailer from a dealer in Maryland. The court drew a distinction between sales taxes, which are collected from in-state retailers, and use taxes, which are levied on products used in Missouri but bought either from an out-of-state retailer or from an individual who does not run a business.

Although the state’s use tax could be imposed on the boat and its accessories, the high court ruled Greene County could not tax them because they were not covered by the local sales tax and county voters had not passed a local use tax.

Lawmakers sought to reverse the court ruling last year. Nixon vetoed the legislation and said counties and cities should have a voter-approved use tax if they want to tax vehicles bought from anywhere besides a Missouri dealership. The governor’s administration estimated last year’s measure would have imposed a retroactive tax on about 122,000 transactions.

Organizations representing Missouri vehicle, RV and boat dealers urged lawmakers to approve the local tax legislation.

Dan Sinclair, whose family owns vehicle dealerships in the St. Louis-area, said Illinois dealers have advertised the potential tax savings if Missouri consumers cross the Mississippi River and buy their vehicles out-of-state.

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Camping World is celebrating the grand opening of its new Jacksonville location, officially named Camping World of Jacksonville.

Formerly Suncoast RV, Camping World of Jacksonville encompasses both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV Sales dealership. It is located at 9012 Beach Blvd.

The grand-opening celebration, which began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 4, runs through next Sunday. Customers will find a good selection of hundreds of new and pre-owned RVs. In addition, there are daily camping accessory and parts specials, plus free door prizes to the first 50 customers each day and free coloring books for children. There will also be free lunch on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the grand-opening event.

“With its abundance of outdoor recreational activities and natural attractions, Jacksonville is an ideal location for Camping World,” said Camping World of Jacksonville General Manager of RV Sales Matt Bateh. “We look forward to continue serving the Florida, Southern Georgia and Jacksonville areas.

“This store – along with our new Birmingham store – is the first step to reaching 100 stores by 2014. We believe that the Greater Jacksonville market needed a full-service solution for RVers,” said Marcus Lemonis, Camping World’s chairman and CEO.

Camping World is the world’s largest retailer of recreational vehicles and provides outdoor enthusiasts more than 8,000 RV parts and accessories, service and collision centers along with other products and services to enhance the RV and outdoor lifestyle.

Today, the Lincolnshire, Ill.-based company serves more than 4 million RV enthusiasts with more than 81 RV lifestyle retail locations.

Camping World provides retail sale, finance, service and rental of recreational vehicles, with more than $300 million of new and used recreational vehicle inventory representing more than 13 RV manufacturers and 150 brand names.

In addition, Camping World currently operates in 33 states, including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

For more information on Camping World of Jacksonville, call 1-877-508-5417 or go to campingworldofjacksonville.com.

ST. JOSEPH, Missouri – Beacon RV Park is usually a hot spot for summer travelers coming through St. Joseph. This year has been different because of tornadoes and the threat of flooding.

However, the rising Missouri River is now creating new long-term business.

The Charlotte and Michael Chapman just moved in recently after buying their first RV. They moved their belongings out of their Lewis and Clark Village home two weeks ago.

Charlotte Chapman says they plan to live in their RV through the duration of the flooding plus during the time it takes to clean up their home. The Chapmans are expecting waters to rise about three and half feet in the lower level of their home.

Four other displaced families have set up camp at Beacon RV Park too. Park owner Glenn Gibson said he is expecting four more soon and expects more long-term residents to trickle in as the waters rise.

So far, he’s received displaced flood victims from Elwood, South St. Joseph and Lewis and Clark Village.

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