St. Charles County leaders may cancel sales tax holiday

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI)- St. Charles County could be the latest local government to opt out of the annual Missouri sales tax holiday.

County leaders are considering a plan to use the tax dollars that would be saved to fight heroin abuse.

A bill was officially introduced at a county council meeting last night by St Charles County Council member Joe Brazil.

The funds from saved sale taxes would be used to hire two full-time additional narcotics detectives for the St. Charles County Police Department.

The state of Missouri started the sales tax holiday weekend back in 2004.

Many local governments including St. Charles County waive their local sales taxes in conjunction with the state suspending its sales tax.

But lots of local governments also opt out.

This year the sales tax holiday weekend is set to take place on August 5th-7th.

St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann says if St. Charles County pulled out of the sales tax holiday weekend it would save county about $172,000.

That would be enough to hire the two additional narcotics detectives.

Our Post-Dispatch partners report that right now the county police here have four narcotics detectives including two assigned to a countywide regional task force.

Brazil calls the heroin problem is an epidemic and says hiring additional detectives to fight it will help the community more than giving people some back to school tax breaks.

Brazil tells the post that he believes he has the support to pass the bill.

In fact, County Executive Ehlmann has written a letter supporting it.

A vote on the bill could come at the next county council meeting which is two weeks from last night.