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Zoo officials make case for St. Charles County to place sales tax on ballot

By Brian Flinchpaugh bflinchpaugh@newsmagazinenetwork.com St. Louis Zoo officials met with the St. Charles County Council to set the stage for potentially placing a sales tax increase on the ballot to help pay for  increasing expenses and upkeep of the zoo. The council took no action after meeting with zoo officials and supporters during an April 11 work session.  Enabling legislation pending in the Missouri General Assembly has to be enacted before the county could decide whether to put a sales tax on the ballot. A bill under consideration in the legislature would allow St. Charles, Jefferson, St. Louis and Franklin counties and ...

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Senior group makes pitch for property tax increase to improve senior services

By Brian Flinchpaugh bflinchpaugh@newsmagazinenetwork.com The St. Charles County Council heard a pitch from a group seeking a property tax increase to provide more money for programs that provide services and help to seniors. Jamie Opsal, project manager for Seniors Count of St. Louis, told council members at their April 11 meeting that the tax increase would help provide help funds for a county whose population is aging. Seniors 60 years and older are estimated to rise to more than 27 percent of its population in 14 years, she said.  That compares to 12 percent in 2000. Opsal said the Daughters of ...

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