KCUR News
2:22 am
Sat August 14, 2010

City Files Suit to Stop E-Tax Vote

Kansas City, MO – Mayor Mark Funkhouser says: "We're going to war on the e-tax."

Kansas City filed suit late Friday, challenging the constitutionality of the ballot measure that would force a vote on the city's earnings tax every five years and prohibit other Missouri cities from taxing incomes.

The suit says the initiative violates the state's single-subject rule, fails to make necessary distinctions between personal and business versions of the tax and mandates elections without funding them... an unfunded mandate.

Funkhouser the city must do everything it can to protect the tax because it is the city's only source of regional funding and "we are the major provider of regional services."

Funding for the petition drive for the contested ballot measure came from St. Louis businessman Rex Sinquefield.