Measure would require elected assessors

No immediate impact foreseen
Saturday, October 23, 2010 | 4:31 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Amendment 1 would require that assessors in Missouri counties with charter governments be elected rather than appointed, but it appears it's approval would have no immediate impact.

That's because the measure was placed on the ballot at the request of St. Louis County, which already voted in August to elect its assessor. The amendment would exempt Jackson County, which includes Kansas City. All other counties with charter governments already elect their assessors.

Ballot language

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to require the office of county assessor to be an elected position in all counties with a charter form of government, except counties with a population between 600,001-699,999?

It is estimated this proposal will have no costs or savings to state or local governmental entities.


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County assessors are responsible for determining appraised and assessed valuations on all real and personal properties within their jurisdictions. Those values are then used to calculate annual property tax bills. Boone County Assessor Tom Schauwecker has said that elected assessors can be held more accountable by voters.

Amendment 1 would apply to counties that form charter governments in the future. It would have no fiscal impact on the state.


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