Media Briefing: City of St. Louis Earnings Tax

Separating Fact from Hype

March 21, 2016 | 2 min reading time

This article is 6 years old. It was published on March 21, 2016.

ST. LOUIS -- Reporters covering the earnings tax retention vote on April 5, 2016, are invited to a media briefing to learn more about how the tax is collected and to get answers to any questions they may have.

With a lot of murky or misleading information circulating, reporters can talk to the experts to in turn help provide citizens with truthful information.

Background on earnings tax

People who live or work in the City of St. Louis have been contributing 1 percent of their earnings to pay for necessary services since 1959. This year's vote on April 5, 2016, will ask City voters to approve continuing this existing tax for another five years. This tax is the single largest source of revenue, accounting for nearly 33 percent of the general fund budget, or $164 million. Without the revenue the earnings tax generates, St. Louis would be forced to raise taxes and cut services across the board, including resources for first responders like police, fire, and ambulance service, as well as quality of life services like mowing a vacant lot, boarding an abandoned home, or patching a pothole.


  • Mary Ellen Ponder, Chief of Staff
  • Paul Payne, Budget Director
  • Michael Garvin, City Counselor
  • Otis Williams, Executive Director, St. Louis Development Corporation


10 a.m.

Tuesday, March 22, 2106


Mayor's Office

Room 200, City Hall

St. Louis, MO 63103

Please RSVP via email to

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