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  94.890.  Municipalities in St. Louis County, sales tax to fund capital improvements — ballot, contents — approval of tax, options of governing body — municipal capital improvements sales tax fund, distribution — special trust fund — director of revenue, duties — erroneous payments, refunds. — 1.  The governing body of any municipality located in whole or in part within any county of the first classification having a charter form of government and containing a population of nine hundred thousand or more is hereby authorized to impose, by ordinance, a one-half of one percent sales tax on all retail sales which are subject to taxation under the provisions of sections 144.010 to 144.525 for the purpose of funding capital improvements, including the operation and maintenance of capital improvements.  The tax authorized by this section shall be in addition to any and all other sales taxes allowed by law.  The ordinance shall become effective after the governing body of the municipality shall submit to the voters of the municipality, a proposal to authorize the tax and, if such tax is to be used to retire bonds to authorize such bonds and their retirement by such tax, to authorize the retirement of debt under previously authorized bonded indebtedness.

  2.  The ballot of submission shall contain, but need not be limited to:

  (1)  If the proposal submitted involves only authorization to impose the tax, the following language:

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Shall the municipality of ______ (municipality's name) impose a sales tax of one-half of one percent for the purpose of funding capital improvements which may include the retirement of debt under previously authorized bonded indebtedness?
☐ YES ☐ NO
If you are in favor of the question, place an "X" in the box opposite "YES". If you are opposed to the question, place an "X" in the box opposite "NO"; or

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  (2)  If the proposal submitted involves authorization to issue bonds and repay such bonds with revenues from the tax authorized by this section, the following language:

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Shall the municipality of ______ (municipality's name) issue bonds in the amount of ______ (insert amount) to fund capital improvements and impose a sales tax of one-half of one percent to repay such bonds?
☐ YES ☐ NO
If you are in favor of the question, place an "X" in the box opposite "YES". If you are opposed to the question, place an "X" in box opposite "NO".

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If a majority of the votes cast on the proposal by the qualified voters voting thereon are in favor of the proposal, then the ordinance* shall be in effect; provided that any proposal submitted under subdivision (2) of this subsection must be approved by the constitutionally required percentage of the voters voting thereon.  If a majority of the votes cast by the qualified voters voting are opposed to the proposal, then the governing body of the municipality shall have no power to issue any bonds or impose the sales tax authorized in this section unless and until the governing body of the municipality shall again have submitted another such proposal and the proposal is approved by the requisite majority of the qualified voters voting thereon.  However, in no event shall a proposal pursuant to this section be submitted to the voters sooner than twelve months from the date of the last proposal submitted pursuant to this section.

  3.  No tax imposed pursuant to this section for the purpose of retiring bonds issued under this section may be terminated until all of such bonds have been retired.

  4.  Within thirty days of the approval of a capital improvement sales tax pursuant to this section and section 94.577, the governing body shall choose one of the following options:

OPTION 1

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Eighty-five percent of the moneys generated within each municipality shall be retained in subaccount #1 of the trust fund created in subsection 5 of this section and shall be returned to that municipality as provided in subdivision (1) of subsection 5 of this section.  Fifteen percent of the moneys generated within each municipality shall be retained in subaccount #2 of the trust fund created in, and allocated as provided in, subdivision (2) of subsection 5 of this section.

OPTION 2

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One hundred percent of the moneys generated within each municipality shall be retained in subaccount #2 of the trust fund created in, and allocated as provided in, subdivision (2) of subsection 5 of this section.

  5.  The moneys shall be retained in two separate subaccounts in the "Municipal Capital Improvement Sales Tax Fund" which is hereby created in the state treasury.  The fund moneys shall be distributed to each municipality as follows:

  (1)  For municipalities choosing Option 1, eighty-five percent of the taxes collected within each municipality and retained in subaccount #1 of the trust fund shall be returned to each municipality;

  (2)  For municipalities choosing Option 2, the moneys retained in subaccount #2 of the trust fund shall be distributed to each municipality based on the percentage ratio that the population of that municipality bears to the total population of all of the municipalities choosing Option 2.

  6.  All revenue received by a municipality from the tax authorized under the provisions of this section shall be deposited monthly in a special trust fund and shall be used solely for capital improvements, including the operation and maintenance of capital improvements, for so long as the tax shall remain in effect.  Once the tax authorized by this section is abolished or is terminated by any means, all funds remaining in the special trust fund required by this subsection shall be used solely for the maintenance of the capital improvements made with revenues raised by the tax authorized by this section.  Any funds in the special trust fund required by this subsection which are not needed for current expenditures may be invested by the governing body in accordance with applicable laws relating to the investment of other municipal funds.  The provisions of this subsection shall apply only to taxes authorized by this section which have not been imposed to retire bonds issued pursuant to this section.

  7.  All revenue received by a municipality which issues bonds under this section and imposes the tax authorized by this section to retire such bonds shall be deposited in a special trust fund and shall be used solely to retire such bonds, except to the extent that such funds are required for the operation and maintenance of capital improvements.  Once all of such bonds have been retired, all funds remaining in the special trust fund required by this subsection shall be used solely for the maintenance of the capital improvements made with the revenue received as a result of the issuance of such bonds.  Any funds in the special trust fund required by this subsection which are not needed to meet current obligations under the bonds issued under this section may be invested by the governing body in accordance with applicable laws relating to the investment of other municipal funds.  The provisions of this subsection shall apply only to taxes authorized by this section which have been imposed to retire bonds issued under this section.

  8.  After the effective date of any tax imposed under the provisions of this section, the director of revenue shall perform all functions incident to the administration, collection, enforcement, and operation of the tax in the same manner as provided in sections 94.500 to 94.570**, and the director of revenue shall collect in addition to the sales tax for the state of Missouri the additional tax authorized under the authority of this section.  The tax imposed hereunder and the tax imposed under the sales tax law of the state of Missouri shall be collected together and reported upon such forms and under such administrative rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the director of revenue.  Except as modified in this section, all provisions of sections 32.085 and 32.087 shall apply to the tax imposed under this section.

  9.  The director of revenue may authorize the state treasurer to make refunds from the amounts in the trust fund and credited to any municipality for erroneous payments and overpayments made, and may redeem dishonored checks and drafts deposited to the credit of such municipalities.  If any municipality abolishes the tax, the municipality shall notify the director of revenue of the action at least ninety days prior to the effective date of the repeal and the director of revenue may order retention in the trust fund, for a period of one year, of two percent of the amount collected after receipt of such notice to cover possible refunds or overpayment of the tax and to redeem dishonored checks and drafts deposited to the credit of such accounts.  After one year has elapsed after the effective date of abolition of the tax in such municipality, the director of revenue shall remit the balance in the account to the municipality and close the account of that municipality.  The director of revenue shall notify each municipality of each instance of any amount refunded or any check redeemed from receipts due the municipality.

  10.  Any other provision of this chapter notwithstanding, any municipality in a charter county, with a population of nine hundred thousand or more which adopted a capital improvement sales tax before August 28, 1995, shall by ordinance select Option 1 or Option 2 within sixty days of August 28, 1995.

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(L. 1995 H.B. 607 § 1)

*Word "and" appears here in original rolls.

**Section 94.570 was repealed by H.B. 29 § A, 1991.


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