03/11/19 -- HCS HB 532 -- Authorizes the city of Portageville to levy a sales tax for public safety

Bill Number: 
HCS HB 532
Bill Purpose: 
Authorizes the city of Portageville to levy a sales tax for public safety
Date of Vote: 
03/11/19
My Vote: 
No
Explanation: 

HCS HB 532, introduced by Representative Don Rone (Republican - District 149), would allow the city of Portageville to levy a sales tax (subject to voter approval) for the purpose of funding public safety. 

I was not convinced that there was a overwhelming need for Portageville to increase their sales tax -- in fact, I don't recall a substantial argument in favor of increasing the tax being offered at all.  Instead, proponents of the bill argued that this bill would help public safety, law enforcement, etc. with few if any specifics.  While it's possible this was in fact needed, the reason the legislature is provided oversight regarding such ballot measures is that it is our duty to provide a check and balance to local governments that might otherwise call for tax increases on a regular basis even if unneeded.  Because a sufficient case for need was not made (in my opinion), I voted no.   It did pass overwhelmingly.

There was an emergency clause on this bill, which I also voted against.