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Business group makes push for local use tax

By JoEllen Black/Richmond News

The city of Richmond is getting a little help from local business leaders on an April ballot measure.

Brad Hogan, senior vice president of Community Bank of Missouri, calls the group “concerned citizens for a progressive Richmond.” He, along with councilman Dave Powell, Ray-Carroll controller Doug Courtney, Ernie and Nancy Jones, owners of The Jones Store, and Jerry McCarter are helping with the message and marketing of a local use tax that will be presented to Richmond voters once again on the April 8 ballot. The measure was defeated in 2013 by a 19-point margin.

“The issue is about the city of Richmond’s ability to capture sales tax that’s already been approved by the voters of Richmond residents,” Hogan said. “It’s important to understand it’s not an additional sales tax issue.”

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