Electoral alert: three weeks before the municipal elections | Newsletters

Welcome to Election Alert. In three weeks from today, the polls will be open and voting will be in full swing. This weekly newsletter is meant to keep you up to date and help you feel prepared. In this week’s edition, you’ll find more information on the local use tax issue, as well as an update on the mayoral race.

Local use tax

One issue voters will be able to vote on is the local use tax, also known as the “Wayfair tax.” This tax would be a 2% sales tax on out-of-state goods and online purchases and would come into effect in January 2023. Columbia Chief Financial Officer Matthew Lue explains that since there has no way to collect tax on these purchases, leaving “brick-mortar stores at a disadvantage because they must collect tax.

Voters will determine whether the use tax will also be applied to Boone County, though it is independent of the Columbia measure and will be voted on separately.

Lue’s goal is to ensure the tax is clearly explained, as it is estimated to generate $5.6 million in revenue annually and help fund municipal services.

The use tax was on the 2017 ballot but narrowly voted down for the city and county.

Maria Oropallo drops out of mayoral race

Supporters gathered outside Wabash train station in Colombia on Saturday to listen to Maria Oropallo’s announcement that she is dropping out of the mayoral race. She said the dropout was due to a lack of campaign funds. Oropallo encouraged supporters to do their research on other candidates when seeking to vote for someone else.

The other mayoral candidates are Barbara Buffaloe, Tanya Heath, Randy Minchew and David Seamon.

The Missourian will co-host two public forums with KOMU 8 News and Vidwest Studios.

Tune in to the livestream at 7 p.m. tonight for the Mayor’s Forum and at 7 p.m. Thursday for the City Council Forum.

For more information on the candidates and coverage so far, visit the Columbia Missourian Elections page or click on the links below.

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Harry L. Blanchard