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The Citizens' Tax Oversight Committee was formed at the suggestion of a citizen in January 2010. The original purpose of the Committee was to provide oversight of the 3/4-cent Pension Sales Tax to ensure that 100% of the revenues received by the city from this tax are deposited into the city’s Police / Fire Pension Fund as promised. The scope of the committee was later expanded to include oversight of the Level Property Tax, the most recent 1/2-cent Transportation Sales Tax and the 1/4-cent Sales Tax for Capital Improvements.
At each quarterly meeting, the City's Finance Department staff presents reports on the Police/Fire Pension Sales Tax, the Hotel/Motel Tax, the Level Property Tax and the 1/4-cent Capital Improvements Sales Tax and the 1/8-cent Transportation Sales Tax. The quarterly reports show the revenue collected for each tax and the status of the projects funded by the tax. The quarterly reports can be obtained through the City Clerk's office by calling 417-864-1651.
The base sales tax rate is 8.1%. This includes state sales tax of 4.225%, the city sales tax of 2.125% and the county sales tax rate of 1.75%. The city sales tax rate of 2.125% includes a 1-cent General Sales Tax, 1/4-cent sales tax for capital improvements, 1/8-cent Transportation Sales Tax, and 3/4-cent Pension Sales Tax. In parts of the city there are special taxing districts such as Community Improvement Districts and Transportation Sales Tax Districts. In these special taxing districts, the sales tax rate will be higher.
The 1-cent General Sales Tax is permanent. All of the other City Sales Taxes expire or sunset. The 1/4-cent Sales Tax for Capital Improvements sunsets on Sept. 30, 2039, the 1/8-cent Transportation Sales Tax sunsets on March 31, 2041 and the 3/4-cent Pension Sales Tax sunsets on March 31, 2025.