Opposition to ‘Transformation’ forms

With one month before an economic development sales tax is put on the ballot, an organized opposition to the tax has emerged.

Roughly 15 people gathered at the Missouri River Regional Library on Wednesday night, to discuss opposition tactics to the Transformation initiative.

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Transformation, the economic development strategic plan put forward by the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce, has proposed a 10-year half-cent economic development sales tax that, if passed, would raise more than $41 million to complete a list of 30 projects around the city. The tax, which is being sponsored by the city, is on the ballot Feb. 7.

“This sets a dangerous precedent,” said one participant.

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