Square Coming to Saint Louis City, but Not to Its Property Tax Rolls

Worse yet, as the Post-Dispatch reported, the city plans to grant Square $3 million in industrial development bonds, which the company will use to buy equipment. This city action means Square will have access to cheaper credit than it otherwise would, and may not have to pay sales taxes on equipment. But it also means that the city becomes the lessor (and Square the lessee) of expensive industrial equipment, allowing the company to dodge property taxes on its equipment as well.

 

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