Missouri House OKs sales tax for KC Zoo

JEFFERSON CITY | The Missouri House passed a bill Thursday that would allow Jackson, Clay, Platte and Cass voters to consider a sales tax to support the Kansas City Zoo.

The Senate passed a similar bill last month, but neither bill has yet cleared both chambers to move on to the governor for passage into law.

If ultimately passed, local governments in Jackson, Clay, Platte and Cass counties could submit to voters an additional sales tax of up to ¼ cent. The revenues generated would build up a trust fund for use by the zoo.

Supporters say the additional funds would allow the zoo to improve amenities and attractions and draw more visitors.

Currently, the zoo’s public funding and attendance lag behind many other cities in the region.