Marion, Monroe, Shelby and Macon Counties approved sales tax years ago

Sales tax rates are going down in a handful of Northeast Missouri counties.

Marion County Presiding Commissioner Lyndon Bode reminds all residents of Marion County that as of midnight on Monday, July 31 the sales tax rates in Marion County will be going down by half a cent. The same can be said for Shelby and Macon Counties.

This is due to the ending of the Highway 36 Transportation Development District half cent sales tax.

Bode noted that is not very often county leaders announce taxes are going down. The half cent sales tax was used to partner with the Missouri Department of Transportation to upgrade 52 miles of Highway 36 from a two lane road to a four lane road from west of Hannibal to Macon. The tax was passed in the four counties in 2005 and started Jan. 1, 2006. Bode noted that it had a 15-year limit but due to good growth in the four counties only 11 years and 7 months were needed to cover the roughly $34 million portion the counties had to cover.

The U.S. Highway 36 – Interstate 72 Corridor Transportation Development District (TDD) announced in March that the sales tax would be allowed to expire on July 31.

Bode noted that the goal of the project was to partner with MoDOT for a safer Highway 36, better traffic flow in the area and potential growth for Northeast Missouri and the Tri-States.

Monroe County residents also approved the half-cent sales tax increase in 2005. In April, residents approved a half-cent sales tax increase to go towards county maintenance. The sales tax in Monroe County won't change due to the expiration of the TDD tax and the implementation of the sales tax approved in April.