Missouri judge considers real estate ballot measure

Friday, August 20, 2010 | 5:37 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri judge is considering whether to allow an initiative petition to block a real estate tax on the November statewide ballot.

The measure would amend the Missouri Constitution to prohibit a transfer tax on real estate. Missouri does not currently levy such a tax.

The secretary of state's office has ruled that supporters didn't collect enough signatures to put the question on the ballot. Initiatives must get signatures equaling at least 8 percent of the votes from the 2008 governor election in six congressional districts.

Supporters of the measure have sued, contending some valid signatures were not counted.

Cole County Circuit Judge Paul Wilson held a hearing in the matter Friday.


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