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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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cartoon motorhome graphicSullivan, MO — Krystal Kuenzel voiced her unhappiness with the RV ordinance not being enforced after a vehicle sat in front of her residence for 16 days.

She addressed the Bourbon Board of Aldermen last Tuesday.

Kuenzel and her husband, Mike, have expressed their issue with this particular RV several times. In May, the board passed an ordinance that said any motor homes, campers and travel trailers on city streets have just 72 hours of parking before they must be moved.

When city attorney Bob Davis asked Police Chief Mike Pennock if any ticket was issued, Pennock said no.

Ward 2 Alderman Mike Delashmit said there is only so much the board can do.

“We can’t confiscate the RV. We can send him a fine. There’s a series of things that happen,” said Delashmit. “It’s not instantaneous.”
Davis agreed that it is not instantaneous, but that the law is being broken.

He told Kuenzel that the next time it happens, she can call him. Davis said he and Pennock will go speak with the offender and notify him that he’s in violation of the ordinance.

The fine is $500.

Davis investigated the situation before the ordinance was signed into law and found that the RV was obstructing the view of drivers and that it was unsafe.

Kuenzel has described how difficult it is to back out of the driveway.

The issue between Kuenzel and the RV owner has been ongoing. He is an out-of-state resident who comes to periodically visit his mother.
Delashmit said that Kuenzel should notify the police as soon as the RV arrives.

“The clock starts when they get there,” he said.

Story Source — Sullivan Independent News


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