City of Battlefield
Use Tax Informational Campaign
Informational Article for Newsletter & Website

REMEMBER TO VOTE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7

On Tuesday, November 7, voters will be asked whether or not to impose a use tax at the rate of 2.25% to close a gap in sales tax collection created by a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling. Some sales tax revenue that was previously collected for out-of-state purchases is now going uncollected due to the ruling. The City has depended on this important revenue in the past to fund ongoing city projects.

If approved, the use tax would fund general revenue projects for the City of Battlefield such as public safety, storm water management, and city maintenance.

A use tax would also level the playing field for local businesses that are required to collect sales tax and pay taxes to the city. Without a use tax, out-of-state businesses currently have a competitive advantage over local businesses.

Imposing a Use Tax will NOT:

  • Raise the city sales tax rate.
  • Be a double tax. It only applies in situations where no sales tax is collected. If you pay tax when you make the purchase, you don’t pay it a second time.

Imposing a Use Tax will:

  • Close a gap in sales tax collection that gives out-of-state businesses an advantage over local businesses.
  • Allow the City to collect sales tax that was previously collected on out-of-state purchases, but is now going uncollected due to the Missouri Supreme Court ruling.
  • Provide funding for police protection and city maintenance projects.

BALLOT LANGUAGE

Shall the City of Battlefield impose a local use tax at the same rate as the total local sales tax rate, currently 2.25%, provided that if the local sales tax rate is reduced or raised by voter approval, the local use tax rate shall also be reduced or raised by the same action? A use tax return shall not be required to be filed by persons whose purchases from out-of-state vendors do not in total exceed two thousand dollars in any calendar year.

(Note: There will be no increase in the city sales tax rate if the Use Tax is approved.)

WHERE TO VOTE & WHEN

Only voters who live within Battlefield City Limits will vote on this issue.

FAQ Use Tax

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Polls are open from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
1st Baptist Church,
5010 South FF Highway
Battlefield, MO