Newly-elected Chesterfield mayor says no change possible for mall sales tax

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by Chris Standford, News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on April 4, 2013 at 6:54 PM

CHESTEFRIELD, Mo. (KMOV) – Newly elected Mayor of Chesterfield is opposed to a new sales tax increase that is already budgeted to pay for the new outlet mall development.

The construction of a St. Louis outlet mall going up in Chesterfield is reported being funded by a one-percent sales tax increase for shoppers once it’s finished.

Mayor Bob Nation says it was a bad deal for the people of Chesterfield.

The construction of the new 85-store outlet is taking form on High way 40 just east of the Boone Bridge. The City of Chesterfield is paying the developers about a third of the $85 million price tag.

Nations was strongly against the construction plans when he was on the city council, claiming it would not provide any additional revenue for the city.

He is now in line to be mayor after winning Tuesday’s election and some think his campaign was misleading when it came to this project.

When asked if there was anything he can do now as Mayor, Nations told News 4 “to my knowledge there's nothing we can do about it.  What's done is done.  I can help ensure we don't do anything like that again."

Some residents believe Nations campaigned with the chance he could get rid of the tax increase when in reality; this is nothing anyone can do about it.

Retailers including Nike, J. Crew, Brooks Brothers, and Ann Taylor have already committed to move their stores into the new mall which is scheduled to open in August
 

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