A series of town hall meetings are set in Jasper County about instituting a Use Tax. County Commissioner Darieus Adams tells News Talk KZRG it's about recouping money the County is losing due to a Supreme Court ruling.
"February 2012, the courts ruled it was unconstitutional for us to charge sales tax on items sold in nearby states and brought into Missouri, specifically those items that are titled like boats or cars."
Local officials, like Joplin Finance Director Leslie Haase, say that ruling is costing them revenue, and is hurting businesses like car dealerships.
"The effect of this ruling is, we're incentivizing people to go out of our community, so the dollars are flowing to other states. So you're not just hurting local governments, but now you're impacting local businesses, which could in turn affect jobs."
The first town hall meeting will be October 22nd at 6:30pm at the Carl Junction Community Center. You can hear the full interview in the Featured Audio section of NewsTalkKZRG.com.