End Zoo-Museum Tax: "County Parks Have Suffered Too Long"
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: St. Louis County resident Ed Golterman believes the tax revenue can be better used.
With (St. Louis) County residents and visitors overwhelmed with taxes -- county, state, municipalities, parks, sewers, sales, promoting St. Louis -- we should be spared any campaign to raise our taxes to save the County Parks. That should be stopped today.
County officials should file suit to end the Zoo-Museums tax and recover $50 million a year for the people of St. Louis County from direct funding of the zoo and museums in Forest Park & Missouri Botanical Gardens.
Since Civic Progress took control of Forest Park, and 're-made' it, they turned these attractions/institutions into money-making machines, starting with huge donations for tax write offs for big projects. The flows of money are now at an 'obscene' level. And all tax-sheltered. These institutions have not needed direct tax support from St. Louis County for at least a decade. The County Parks have suffered too long.
Submitted by Ed Golterman
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