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Mo. gov. seeks to avoid veto override on tax bill

Mo. gov. seeks to avoid veto override on tax bill

September 4th, 2012 in News

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is pressing his case that 122,000 vehicle owners would be hit with a retroactive tax if lawmakers override one of his vetoes.

Nixon had cited that figure previously. But he provided additional details Tuesday indicating 108,000 of those vehicles had been sold in private transactions. About 14,000 had been bought from out-of-state dealerships.

The focus on the issue follows a Missouri Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that local sales taxes cannot be charged on vehicles bought out of state. The court's ruling seemed to indicate that a local use tax would be acceptable, if approved by a vote of the people.

Nixon vetoed a bill that would have reversed the Supreme Court case and again allowed local sales taxes on vehicles.