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Absentee Ballots for Use Tax Now Available

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Absentee ballots are now available to Greene County residents for the November 5 election, which asks one question: Whether or not the county may impose a “use” tax for some out-of-state purchases.

Greene County Clerk Richard Struckhoff says all registered voters in the county are eligible to participate in the election. Absentee ballots may be voted in the Clerk’s office on the first floor of the Greene County Courthouse now until the day before the election. Missouri law limits the use of absentee ballots to voters who will be out of the county on Election Day, or who are ill or incapacitated, or for other legal reasons. Homebound or out-of-town voters may request an absentee ballot by mail.

In August, Greene County Commissioner Roseann Bentley told KMSU that the use tax only applies to items bought by internet, and only when a buyer purchases an item online from a store that has a brick-and-mortar store in the state.

Bentley estimates the 1.25 percent use tax, if approved, will bring in about $3 million in revenue, and could be used for employee raises, as well as address public safety needs.