Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser said his office would do everything possible to defeat the earnings tax repeal measure, statewide and at the polls here. "Citizens statewide need to understand the damage this ballot issue could do to Missouri's two largest cities, and to our state budget, and defeat it in November," Funkhouser said in a written statement....Meanwhile, here's how Slay's office responded, via the Post-Dispatch:
"We're very disappointed, but a billionaire with unlimited resources is difficult to counter," said Pam Whiting, spokeswoman for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, which had joined forces with some St. Louis civic leaders to try to urge residents in both cities not to sign the petitions.
City officials said statewide voters should not be allowed to determine the city's fate.
"Kansas City should be allowed to chart its own course without outside interference from parts of the state unaffected by our earnings tax," Funkhouser said.
Until a replacement for the revenue is found, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay opposes getting rid of the tax, said Jeff Rainford, the mayor's chief of staff.It's worth noting that last year Sinquefield donated $75,000 to Slay's re-election campaign even though the mayor isn't up for re-election until 2013.
However, the mayor won't campaign against the statewide measure this fall. Such an effort would be futile and could confuse voters, Rainford said.
Instead, the mayor will wait until city voters have their say in April. Then, Slay "will campaign aggressively for a yes vote to keep it," Rainford said.
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