SierraScape February - March 2011
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Retain the City Earnings Tax - Vote Yes on April 5
by John Hickey
On April 5,
St. Louis City
voters will decide whether to retain the current earnings
tax, which generates about 35% of St. Louis City's General
Revenue. The Sierra Club recommends a "yes" vote,
which would preserve the earnings tax, since maintaining the
viability of the urban core is necessary for reducing sprawl,
limiting greenhouse gases and facilitating energy efficiency.
Our group has a long record of opposing urban sprawl, and
supporting public transit investment to support smart growth.
This election provides a key opportunity for our members to
take the next step in that campaign.
City General Revenue funds many environmental programs, including
park maintenance at
and the North Riverfront Parks. For many urban kids, these city parks
are their access to open space.
We have over 500
members who live in St. Louis
City – our votes can be the margin of victory. We need
members to volunteer for phonebanking, mailings, and leafletting
– please call the office (314-644-1011) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
to get involved!