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June 8, 2011ST. JOSEPH, MO |  By: Wayman

St. Joseph Hotel Tax Passes

St. Joseph voters approve the measure to raise the city's hotel motel tax.

The existing tax visitors pay for staying overnight in St. Joseph is 3%. The city got approval from voters to raise that another 3% making it 6% total. 58% of voters approved the measure. This rate will still be below the hotel tax rates in Kansas City, St. Louis, Jefferson City, and Independence. The 6% tax is expected to bring in about $10 million in the next 20 years, money that will go for riverfront development, the creation of a new family friendly park, and downtown revitalization.