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  • Laurie residents will vote again to break use tax tie

  • With a tie on its use tax ballot issue April 2, the City of Laurie will be going back to voters to get a more clear answer.
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  • With a tie on its use tax ballot issue April 2, the City of Laurie will be going back to voters to get a more clear answer.
    Laurie Mayor Herb Keck said the city found out the morning after the election that state law requires another vote in the case of this simple majority issue.
    While the board must still officially vote on it, the ballot language is being prepared now by the Morgan County Clerk's Office. A special election is likely June 4, according to Keck.
    He said the election should have minimal cost for the city as the expense should be less than a normal election.
    Keck called the latest use tax vote "perplexing but better than last time."
    The measure previously failed by a wide margin in the August 2012 election.
    In last summer's election, the city was the only to have a use tax measure on the ballot. This time around, four entities pursued the tax as well. Morgan and Camden county voters approved the use tax while it failed in the cities of Camdenton and Osage Beach.
    The use tax was proposed to replace a sales tax on out-of-state purchases of tangible personal property that total more than $2,000.
    The decision in Street v. Director of Revenue in 2012 changed the existing practice of many cities and counties by prohibiting collection of a local sales tax on a vehicle purchased from an out-of-state vendor. Collections were subsequently ended in March 2012.
    As a result, Laurie officials have estimated a loss in revenue of around $4,000.
    The entities seeking the new use tax also stated on the ballot that the purpose of the use tax is to eliminate the sales tax advantage that non-Missouri vendors have over Missouri vendors.

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