How’s Your Holiday – You May Not Be Getting One!

You may not know it but this coming weekend is a holiday! No – not the kind you get to take off from work. But it is the kind you get to take sales taxes off your bill – if you live or shop in the right locations! Years ago, the legislature passed a “Back to School Sales Tax Holiday” to help lighten the load for consumers. Unfortunately, many political subdivisions don’t allow you to celebrate this holiday.

When this measure was first passed, every political subdivision wanted to have the ability to automatically “opt out” or in other words NOT participate in reducing taxes for the weekend. They certainly didn’t want to be put on the spot to have to actually vote to increase taxes during the holiday weekend. ¬†They preferred to just let it happen and not go on record supporting the tax increase.

As a legislator at the time, I didn’t believe that was right and made sure that any political subdivision that DID NOT participate had to actually take a vote to “opt out” and RAISE their taxes for that weekend. If you are gonna increase taxes on people even – temporarily – you should be willing to publicly say so. There have been other sales tax holidays created since this one and unfortunately, government won out over the taxpayer as they all are “opt in” rather than “opt out”.

Taxpayers should be aware of those who choose to discourage business for the weekend rather than encourage it. These entities are counting on people either not noticing or not voting with their dollars and shopping elsewhere. The following is the list of cities, counties and special taxing districts who have chosen to raise taxes for the weekend. You can download the list here.

Hopefully you can review the list and choose to shop in locales that give the taxpayers a break!

Below is the list of cities that will not participate in the 2012 sales tax holiday. City, County and District sales tax in these locations will still be collected on the sale of qualifying holiday items.

Cities Increasing Taxes for Weekend Shoppers

Alton Ash Grove Ashland Ballwin Battlefield
Bellerive Acres Berkeley Beverly Hills Black Jack Blackwater
Bland Bloomfield Bolivar Boonville Branson
Brentwood Bridgeton Byrnes Mill Cabool California
Camdenton Canton Cape Girardeau Carl Junction Carthage
Cassville Centertown Chamois Charlack Chillicothe
Claycomo Clayton Clinton Collins Columbia
Cool Valley Crystal City Des Peres Desloge DeSoto
Doniphan Edmundson Eldon Eldorado Springs Ellisville
Ellsinore Elsberry Everton Fair Grove Farmington
Fayette Fenton Ferguson Festus Flint Hill
Freeman Fremont Hills Frontenac Fulton Garden City
Gerald Glasgow Granby Grandin Grant City
Green City Greendale Half Way Hartville Hawk Point
Hayti Higginsville Hollister Holts Summit Houston
Ironton Jane Jefferson City Joplin Kennett
Kingdom City Kirkwood Koshkonong Ladue Laurie
Leadington Liberal Licking Loma Linda Malden
Manchester Maplewood Marble Hill Marceline Marlborough Village
Marshfield Marthasville Merriam Woods Village Meta Moberly
Montgomery City Moscow Mills Mount Vernon Mountain Grove Naylor
Neosho New Haven New Madrid New Melle Nixa
Noel Norborne North Kansas City Northwoods Oakland
Osage Beach Overland Owensville Ozark Palmyra
Paris Pattonsburg Peculiar Pevely Platte Woods
Poplar Bluff Purdy Qulin Reeds Spring Richmond Heights
Riverside Rock Hill Rockaway Beach Savannah Sedalia
Seligman Shelbina Shrewsbury Skidmore Smithton
Smithville Springfield St Ann St Elizabeth St Mary
St Peters Ste Genevieve Stockton Sugar Creek Taos
Thayer Town & Country Trenton Twin Oaks University City
Urich Vandalia Velda Walnut Grove Warson Woods
Washburn Waynesville Webster Groves West Plains Willard
Willow Springs

 

Counties Increasing Taxes for Weekend Shoppers

 

Audrain Barry Benton Bollinger Boone
Callaway Camden Carroll Cedar Christian
Clinton Cole Cooper Dade Dallas
Greene Grundy Henry Howard Howell
Iron Jasper Lawrence Linn Livingston
Mercer Moniteau Morgan Newton Oregon
Osage Ozark Phelps Pike Polk
Pulaski Putnam Ray Reynolds Saline
Shelby St. Francois Ste Genevieve Stoddard Stone
Taney Texas Webster Wright

 

Districts Increasing Taxes for Weekend Shoppers

 

1225 Washington Community Improvement District 1225 Washington Transportation Development District 8750 Manchester Road Community Improvement District
Arnold Retail Corridor Transportation Development District Ballwin Town Center Transportation Development District Boonville Riverfront Transportation Development District
Branson Landing Transportation Development District Branson/Lakes Area Tourism Community Enhancement District Briarcliff Parkway & Highway 9 Transportation Development District
Broadway Fairview Transportation Development District CenterState Transportation Development District City Hospital RPA 2 Phase 1 Community Improvement District
College Station Community Improvement District College Station Transportation Development District Commercial Street Community Improvement District
Conley Road Transportation Development District Cozens/MLK/Grand Community Improvement District Crackerneck Creek Transportation Development District
Crowne Plaza Community Improvement District Crowne Plaza Transportation Development District CWE Business Community Improvement District
Des Peres Corners Transportation Development District East Main & Hwy 47 Community Improvement District Francis Place Transportation Development District
Fulton South Business 54 Transportation Development District Georgian Square Community Improvement District Gravois Bluffs Transportation Development District
Grindstone Plaza Transportation Development District Hanley Road Corridor Transportation Development District Hanley Station Transportation Development District
Hanley/Eager Road Transportation Development District Harrisonville Town Center Transportation Development District Hazelwood Commerce Center Community Improvement District
Heers Tower Community Improvement District Highway 71/291 Partners in Progress Transportation Development District Independence Events Center Community Improvement District
Interstate Plaza Northtown Village Transportation Development District James River Commons Community Improvement District Koch Plaza Transportation Development District
Lake of the Woods Transportation Development District Loop Trolley Transportation Development District Manchester Highlands Transportation Development District
Manchester/Ballas Community Improvement District Market at McKnight 1 Transportation Development District Meadows Transportation Development District
North County Festival/Square Community Improvement District Northwest Area Community Improvement District Orpheum Theatre Community Improvement District
Park Hills Transportation Development District Prewitt Point Transportation Development District Railway Exchange Building Community Improvement District
Railway Exchange Building Transportation Development District Randolph County Ambulance District Regional Jail District of Daviess and Dekalb Counties
Rock Bridge Center Transportation Development District Salt Lick Road Transportation Development District Shoppes at Stadium Transportation Development District
St Francois Ambulance District St Louis Convention Center Hotel Community Improvement District St Louis Convention Center Hotel Transportation Development District
Station Plaza Transportation Development District Stone Ridge Transportation Development District Suemandy Drive One Community Improvement District
Suemandy Drive Two Community Improvement District Suemandy/Mid Rivers Community Improvement District Sullivan Fire Protection District
Taney County Ambulance District Truman Village Community Improvement District University Place Transportation Development District
Warsaw Lincoln Ambulance District Wentzville Parkway I Transportation Development District