Tuesday is Springfield’s special election held solely to ask local residents whether the city should impose an additional 3% sales tax on recreational marijuana.
When Missouri voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana in November 2022, a statewide 6% sales tax on recreational sales was established. The additional 3% was left up to local municipalities to impose with voter approval. In May, Springfield City Council approved the single-issue ballot going before voters.
The current sales tax within Springfield’s city limits is 8.1%. If the additional sales tax is approved, those purchasing recreational marijuana products in Springfield would pay a total 17.1% sales tax.
According to a city news release, the additional tax could generate up to $1.8 million a year in revenue which would be used toward “public safety, mental health services, housing, and substance abuse services.” The 3% tax would not apply to sales of medical marijuana.
Only registered voters within the city limits of Springfield are eligible to cast their votes in this election. To find your polling place and learn more about the election, visit vote.greenecountymo.gov
Anyone experiencing difficulties at a polling place can call the Greene County Clerk’s office at 417-868-4055.