Jasper county officials say they are looking for ways to enhance their revenue, so they can continue to operate efficiently and provide services required by state law. A study last year by the University of Missouri shows the state could gain over $450 million a year by imposing an internet sales tax.
"I think there's a push at the national level. I know there's a push in the state legislature and probably in other state legislatures around the county," states Richard Webster, Jr. Jasper County Auditor.
Webster says it would likely require a vote of the people, and legislators will have to educate residents that it's not a tax increase. It would be the same 4.3% sales tax you pay when you make a purchase in a store.