(Springfield, MO) -- City and county sales taxes in Missouri no longer apply, if you get a vehicle from outside the state. The change comes after a Missouri Supreme Court decision.
Now, county budgets could lose hundreds of thousands of dollars.
When Springfield attorney Craig Street started shopping for a fishing boat, he says he never thought he'd end up in front of the Missouri Supreme Court.
"My family was looking for a boat that we could enjoy on the lake," said Street. "We enjoy getting out on the lake and having fun."
Street noticed the Department of Revenue wanted to collect local sales tax on the boat, a motor and trailer he bought from Maryland.
had an issue with a state collecting the tax that wasn't authorized by
law," said Street.
The Missouri Supreme Court agreed.
is a tax that's been collected for decades," Greene County Presiding
Commissioner Jim Viebrock said.
Greene County could now miss out on nearly $900,000 without the taxes.
"I think the profound impact that it has on our county and our surrounding counties is significant enough that we need to take notice," says Viebrock.
"I think most customers, for a little bit of money, will want to stay loyal to their local community," says Tony Stubblefield, Vice President and Managing Partner for Reliable dealerships.
The ruling also raises questions for car and boat dealers.
"Certainly, I can see that people, if they were going to save a few hundred dollars in tax, would almost push them to go elsewhere to buy a car," Stubblefield said.
"For me, it was my individual case and what the law was, and should have been in my case," says Street.
And unless there's a change, the law means you don't have to pay the tax either.
The court said Street needed to get his roughly $150 in taxes back. For now, Viebrock says the county is waiting to see if the legislature will pass changes.