It provides an important source of local funding and would allow for the physical infrastructure and public service personnel needs that are required to do the work identified by the community during the City Manager’s Listening Tour and Council Visioning Workshop that aim to address challenges identified in the community. The use tax would also level the playing field for local businesses. Otherwise, these local businesses are at an unfair competitive disadvantage to out-of-state businesses when local taxes are avoided.
With no local use tax in place, residents have an incentive to make out-of-state purchases instead of buying locally. This impacts local jobs and sends more than a million dollars out of our economy each year, affecting economic development, which has been identified as a community need by resident responses through the Listening Tour. While the exact amount of this resource is unknown, it is estimated this revenue source will generate between $3 and $4 million annually in Joplin.