Liberty voters to decide on online sales tax

Posted at 9:43 PM, Apr 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-02 23:15:40-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Whenever you purchase an item online and send it to Liberty, the city loses out on sales tax money from that purchase. 

But if voters approve a measure on Tuesday, that would change. 

Liberty and four other cities have proposed use taxes on their ballots, which would allow them to collect tax when you buy something online from an out-of-state vendor. 

Cities with Proposed Use Taxes: 

  • Belton
  • Blue Springs
  • Independence 
  • Liberty 
  • Odessa 

In Liberty, if approved, the use tax would apply the same sales tax customers pay at brick and mortar stores to any online order shipped to an address in Liberty. 

Buyers would not be charged both a sales and use tax. 

According to Liberty's mayor, the local use tax is estimated to generate $750,000 annually, which would allow the city to replace its animal shelter and relocate it, build an inclusive playground for kids of all abilities, upgrade city parks and improve city services. 

To read about Independence's proposed use tax, click here.