Election in June could raise downtown...

Election in June could raise downtown Branson sales tax

There are 6 comments on the KYTV Springfield story from May 22, 2006, titled Election in June could raise downtown Branson sales tax. In it, KYTV Springfield reports that:

Shoppers in this tourist town's historic downtown area could start paying more for the items they buy later this year.

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#1 May 30, 2006
I have been coming to Branson for years and the tax base now on goods and entertainment are high. Branson may just tax me out of coming.
Betty Kowalewich

Neosho, MO

#2 Jun 2, 2006
Branson also has a "Tourist" tax which the residents pay all year long...and the millions of $$$$ it brings in goes to a private organization---The Chamber of Commerce---- that can spend the $$$$$ anyway it chooses..... Taxes that go to Cities have earmarks and restrictions on spending...so how did we get
a law that allows a private organization to levy taxes/collect taxes--- and have no laws on spending taxes and no accountability to the people and can never be voted out...

Branson, MO

#3 Feb 4, 2007
Its got to be that certain group in town that always seems to have their hands in everything. Start following the names that are related to certain organizations. Major "buddy" system in town. Notice their style of living has jumped extremely with the developments from local tax money.MMMMMMmmmmm. Makes you wonder where all the money goes, doesn't it?

Norman, OK

#4 Feb 7, 2007
Look at the taxes between resturants, Targets, and the Branson Landing......We have the TIF bill and the new Tourisim tax that was implemented a year or so ago. Taxes in Branson are soooo weird and the money is not being used for great thing (illegal things).

Branson, MO

#5 Feb 9, 2007
Wasn't the taxes for the roark valley road also used on something rather than what it was collected for. Also, how does the chamber, a private entitiy, get tax money to choose how to spend? And who is actually following the trail of where all this money is going? Hey, is it a timeshare road? Now there's an idea!
Think we can get a TIF for a new road, then of course we'll have to pay our buddies to do a feasible study, I know they'll say its blighted because we'll pay them say about $60,000. so were good there. Then, let's tell the tourist and give them tours and we can sell them time of the day they can drive on it and if someone else drives on it during their time, we'll manage it for them and take a cut, I think we can at least sell the road for at least a 1000 times what its worth. Now to get it past the exisiting ordinances, we'll take the city alderman out to eat at the Landing and tell them how great they are and we will let them use the road any time they want. Maybe we'll even name it after the major, he likes to see his name, and of course we'll do a big grand opening to make everyone feel important. That always works. Everyone likes their picture taken. And if we got most of it sold, we'll put a parking area where everyone can pay to park and watch everyone drive up and down this road. And then, well everyone is watching this road, let's sell alcohol. It has a great profit margin and since this is a city/private venture, we don't have to worry about not being able to sell it. And everyone is going to love the road and if they don't it doesn't matter, it won't be voted on. And if we can get by with it, we'll putof in a roulette wheel and sell tickets! Wow! Who's in?
Betty Kowalewich

Joplin, MO

#6 Mar 26, 2007
Silver Dollar is getting its own TIF... and the county of stone will forego collecting taxes for the amount that is takes to build the road.... and I read only one article about the TIF... so how long of a time will Silver Dollar City NOT pay the county sales taxes.... like I always hear...money begats money...the people be damned.

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