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BRENNAN: The Zoo Wants A Tax Increase - How Does STL Compare To Other Cities?

Charlie Brennan
October 24, 2018 - 12:37 pm
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The St. Louis Zoo is asking voters next month to increase the sales tax in St. Louis County by 1/8 cent per dollar.  Regardless of the merits of the proposal, it’s important to examine the current sales tax and compare it to other parts of the region and United States.  I asked listeners of “The Charlie Brennan Show” to send me their receipts, last April and this month.  Here’s an updated list.  Figures from St. Louis City and St. Louis County are in bold.

Mini Mart -- Glasgow, KY -- 0%

Rite Aid Pharmacy (food) -- Beverly Hills, CA -- 0%

Ess-A-Bagel—NYC—0%

Food Emporium—NYC—0%

Lindy’s Grocery -- Washington, IL -- 1%  

Erik Kaiser Artisan Boulanger—NYC—1.8%       

Hudson News (food) -- Lambert Airport -- 4.225%

Shop N Save -- St. Peters, MO -- 4.85%

Arby’s -- Burlington, CO --  4.9%

The Kerryman (Bar)—Chicago—5.43%

Walmart -- Naples, FL -- 6.00%

HMS Host -- Ft. Lauderdale Airport -- 6.22%

Dirt Cheap -- Fenton, MO (Jefferson County) -- 6.3%

Costco -- Bountiful, Utah -- (3% for food; 6.95% for books)

Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate—St. Louis  6.39%

Hudson News -- Orlando, FL Airport -- 6.50%

Taco Bell -- Limon, CO -- 6.9%

Walgreens -- Tampa, FL -- 7.00%

Walmart -- Wiggins, MS -- 7.00%

Cool Beans Coffee -- Cocoa Beach, FL -- 7.01%

Jos A. Bank—Creve Coeur—7.3%

Uncle Bub’s -- Westmont, IL -- 7.5%

McDonald’s -- Lakewood, CO -- 7.55%

General Store -- Henderson, NV -- 7.8%

Panera -- Springfield, IL -- 8.5%

Kalb Electric—Maplewood—8.6%

McDonald’s -- Independence, MO -- 8.7%

Bread and Butter Rest -- Poplar Bluff, MO -- 8.7%

Jacob’s Pickles -- New York, NY -- 8.88%

Upright Brew House -- New York, NY -- 8.90%   

Dick’s Sporting Goods -- Chesterfield, MO -- 8.9%

Chik-fil-A -- Willowbrook, IL -- 9.00%

Panera—Long Island City, NY—8.9%

Popeyes -- Wiggins, MS -- 9.03%

Walmart -- Fenton, MO (STL County) -- 9.11%

Office Depot -- Richmond Heights, MO -- 9.11%

Macy’s—Richmond Heights—9.113%

Half ‘n Half Restaurant -- Clayton, MO -- 9.11%

Peel Restaurant—Clayton—9.11%

Osteria Pronto -- Indianapolis, IN -- 9.27%

UCLA Food Service -- Los Angeles, CA -- 9.46%

Home Depot—Brentwood—9.658%

Ted Drewes—St. Louis—9.678%

Original Pancake House -- Ladue, MO -- 9.91%

Chris’ At the Docket -- St. Louis, MO -- 10.01%

Vito’s Sicilian Pizzeria—St. Louis—10.059%

Total Wine—Brentwood—10.11%

Café Osage—St. Louis, MO—11.18%

Barrachina Restaurant -- San Juan, PR --11.5%

Schlafly St. Louis Brewery—St. Louis—11.7%

Starbucks on Grand Ave -- St. Louis, MO -- 13.2%

Peacemaker Lobster—St. Louis, MO—13.2%

Harley Davidson—Negril, Jamaica—16.5%

Taliano’s Bar—Fort Smith, Arkansas—19.5%

The receipts show the sales tax rates from St. Louis City and County are among the highest in the United States.  Feel free to send more receipts to [email protected]