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Statewide amendment results

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 | 12:24 a.m. CDT; updated 12:19 p.m. CDT, Friday, November 5, 2010

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

State results:

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Amendment 1 passed 74.3 percent to 25.7 percent.

Amendment 2 passed 65.8 percent to 34.2 percent.

Amendment 3 passed 84 percent to 16 percent.

Boone County results:

Amendment 1 passed 63.8 percent to 36.2 percent.

Amendment 2 passed 60.7 percent to 39.3 percent.

Amendment 3 passed 77.1 percent to 22.9 percent.

What passage means:

  •  Amendment 1 requires the election of assessors in Missouri counties with charter governments. St. Louis County has already voted to elect its assessor in April 2011. There will be no immediate impact because the amendment affects only future charter counties, and it excludes Jackson County.
  • Under Amendment 2, former prisoners of war who have a service-connected total disability will be exempt from homestead property taxes. Now that the amendment has passed, legislative staff approximated the proposal would cost local governments of about $187,000 per year if 200 veterans qualify, according to a previous Missourian article.
  • Amendment 3 prohibits the state from imposing a real estate transfer tax, essentially a tax on property either sold or inherited. Because the state does not currently collect real estate transfer taxes, no new fiscal impact will occur, and Amendment 3 indefinitely bars this type of tax in Missouri.

Reaction to Amendment 3:

"We're very excited. It's a great opportunity to keep the American dream alive. We are grateful Missouri voters came out in full force, committed to no transfer taxes." —  Elizabeth Mendenhall, president of the Missouri Association of Realtors

"Being able to know Missouri had taken upon themselves to say, 'We don't want double taxation in the form of transfer taxes,' is just exciting." — Kenney Hubble, president of Columbia Board of Realtors

Voter opinions about Amendment 3:

“I know lots of states (have real estate transfer taxes), and I think it’s just pretty extreme. We’re already taxed quite a bit, and I just think one more tax is really kind of over the top. I just think it is one more tax we don’t need. We have a tax-and-spend government as it is.” — Brian Gardner, 49, funeral director

“The one thing that kind of snuck on (the ballot) was the one about increasing or adding property tax, or reducing or eliminating the government’s ability to tax, which is nonsensical.” — Mark Singer, 50, graduate student in history

Links: The Missouri Association of Realtors formed the Vote Yes to Stop Double Taxation Committee.

 


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