The Missouri system of State Parks and Historic Sites is a model for the nation and has regularly been listed among the top four state park systems nationwide. The Missouri system is supported almost entirely by half of a one-tenth-of-one-cent state dedicated sales tax -- support that has been re-affirmed by a two-to-one voter margin each time it has come up for renewal.
The mandatory ten-year vote on renewal of the sales tax will be on the November 8, 2016 general election ballot. Though state parks are much loved by Missouri citizens, we can never take renewal of the tax for granted, so state parks need all the help you can provide. MPA has been a leader of the effort to secure and renew the tax since passage of the first legislative referendum for the tax in 1983, and we led in establishing a coalition of organizations—the Citizens Committee for Soil, Water and State Parks—which coordinates the efforts to educate the public and secure a Yes vote each time the tax comes up for renewal. See box at right.
Assuming the tax is renewed for another ten years, MPA will continue to work on a longer-term solution to the problem of inadequate funding for capital improvements that has resulted in a $400 million backlog of vitally needed rehabilitation of park facilities and infrastructure.
Read about the benefits of the Parks and Soils Sales Tax.
Read a case for state park funding with background information
Watch a slide show on the funding crisis
Read articles about the crisis in MPA's newsletter Heritage
See lists of representatives with parks in their districts
See lists of senators with parks in their districts