Utility Gross Receipt Tax Imposed at 4 1/2%

The City of Festus originally passed Ordinance No. 1527 on September 24, 1980 imposing a utility license tax to every person engaged in the business of supplying electricity, gas or telephone service for any purpose to consumers in the City shall pay to the City as a license tax a sum equal to six and one-half (6 1/2%) percent of the gross receipts from such business.

On June 6, 1984, the City of Festus under Ordinance No. 1804 asked voters at a special election on the 7th day of august 1984 to impose a City Sales Tax for General Transportation purposes at the rate of one-half (1/2) of one (1%) percent on the receipts from the sale of retail of all tangible personal property or taxable services at retail if such property and services are subject to the sales tax imposed by the State of Missouri, and reducing the utilities gross receipt tax levied on every person engaged in the business of supplying electricity, gas or telephone service for any purpose to consumers in the City from six and one-half (6 1/2%) percent to four and one-half (4 1/2%) percent of the gross receipts from such business.

On April 26, 2006, the City of Festus passed Ordinance No. 3632 amending section 26-56 of the Code of Ordinances.