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Use Tax Plan Targets Online Sales, Heads to Voters

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Voters in Greene County, Mo. will get to decide whether to pass a new use tax on November 5, 2013.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Voters in Greene County, Mo. will get to decide whether to pass a new use tax on November 5, 2013.

The use tax basically extends the local sales taxes you pay in stores to the virtual shopping cart.

The proposal is for a 1.25 percent tax on out-of-state internet sales and out-of-state vehicle sales.

The county commission believes the plan will bring in about $3 million each year if passed.

The county commission decided Monday to send the tax issue to voters.

It will now be on a November 5, 2013 ballot.

"Many of us are buying our own office supplies," says Greene County commissioner Roseann Bentley. "We have had to cut our building resources in half, our staff in half."

Now, Bentley and others will be trying to get voters to buy into the plan.
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