Sole Voter Against Proposed Sales Tax Hike, Election Canceled

Sep 3, 2015

The Business Loop 70 Community Improvement District board decided Monday to not hold the election since there would be a single voter on the issue.

The woman who would have been the only voter on a proposed sales tax increase for a downtown Columbia business district says she would have voted against the measure. 

The Business Loop 70 Community Improvement District board decided Monday to not hold the election since there would be a single voter on the issue. The district had sought to raise about $220,000 through the half-cent sales tax increase.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that Jen Henderson wasn't registered to vote in November when the district's boundaries were drawn to exclude any residential areas. Leaders of the district had overlooked a University of Missouri-owned guesthouse where she lived.

Henderson, who registered to vote in February, said she would block a tax hike for as long as possible.