SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Greene County Commission voted Monday to ask voters in November to approve a county use tax of 1.25 percent on items that are bought over the Internet or by mail from places out of Missouri, and for vehicles that are purchased out of state, by Greene County residents. The proposed use tax would apply the same rates to those purchases as Greene County sales taxes.
The county commission voted 3-0 to put the issue on the ballot in November, after having a heated argument about it last week. At a meeting on Friday, Presiding Commissioner Jim Viebrock lobbied to ask voters to approve a new 1/8-percent sales tax to bolster county revenues, which are not keeping up with budget needs, including pay for county employees, who haven’t had raises in five years. The other two commissioners didn't want to ask for a sales tax increase now but wanted to try for approval of a use tax, which state law says must be sent to voters in the next several months if a county or city wants to have one.