Opposition reacts to rejection of sales tax

Greg Brandt casts his ballot after voting during his lunch hour Tuesday, at the Association of Missouri Rural Electrical Co-ops building on East McCarty Street.

Greg Brandt casts his ballot after voting during his lunch hour Tuesday, at the Association of Missouri Rural Electrical Co-ops building on East McCarty Street. Photo by Kelley McCall.

Voters turned down the much-discussed Transformation proposal that would have imposed a new half-cent, 10-year economic development sales tax in the city.

With more than 61 percent of the vote, the proposal, which would have raised more than $41 million to complete a list of 30 projects around the city, was defeated Tuesday.

Ed Williams, with the opposition group Citizens for Fair Tax, said the proposed plan was rotten from the beginning and city voters recognized it was a bad plan.

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