NEOSHO, Mo. — For the second time in a year, Neosho voters have denied the passage of a use tax.
Neosho voters were asked to pass a rate that mirrors the city's sales tax rate, which currently is set at 2.5%. That rate would have been automatically adjusted if the sales tax was increased or decreased.
According to complete but unofficial results from the Newton County Clerk, the measure failed by a vote of 340 to 348. The slim margin was similar to a loss in April's election, which was 320 to 335.
Mayor Bill Doubek said the result was disappointing. He and members of the Neosho City Council were hoping to realize revenue for additional police officers and other expen
"We're going to have to sit down as a council and regroup," Doubek said. "We've had this on the ballot twice, and it's failed twice, and I don't know if it's in our heart to bring up a third time."
City officials have cited purchases from Amazon and other internet sellers as a main reason for declining sales tax revenues, and the use tax is intended to recover that lost revenue.
In other election results across Newton County:
• Voters in the city of Granby approved a measure that asked to authorize about $3.24 million in general revenue bonds for upgrading and extending the city's wastewater system. The vote was 146 to 96, passing with a 60.33% approval.
• Joplin residents who live in Newton County approved Prop B by a vote of 590 to 160. The measure establishes a sales tax to fund firefighter and police officer pensions.
• Eighteen voters in the village of Stark City approved instituting a sales tax and use tax of .5%. No one voted against the measure.