Saint Peters Hotel Tax Increase (November 2010)

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A Saint Peters Hotel Tax Increase measure was on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the city of Saint Peters, which is in St. Charles County.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 8,138 (44.29%)
  • NO 10,236 (55.71%)Defeatedd[1]

This measure sought to increase the local hotel tax from 1.65 percent to 5 percent. A similar measure was approved in May of 2004, but state legislatures blocked the implementation so city officials tried again to get the extra money from tourism in the city. Money generated from the increased hotel tax would go towards supporting city services as well as events and building upkeeps.[2]

A lawsuit was filed by a local motel owner who wanted the tax taken off the ballot. The attorney supporting the case stated that the city did not have the right to collect the tax when the county already collected it. The county already collected a 5 percent hotel tax and if this new tax had been approved the total taxes would have been raised to 17.5 percent paid by those staying in local hotels. City officials noted that it did not make sense for them to sue since they had been advocating before for more taxes to spend on tourism.[3]