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Missouri bill would allow MU Extension councils to levy property taxes

Thursday, May 30, 2013 | 8:42 a.m. CDT; updated 5:44 p.m. CDT, Thursday, May 30, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — Local MU Extension councils could levy property taxes under legislation being considered by Gov. Jay Nixon.

The bill would allow existing extension councils to form single or multi-county taxing districts. Councils could then ask voters in their districts to approve a property tax of no more than 30 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

Former Stone County commissioner and extension coordinator Tony Delong says the local councils need a funding option because of tight county budgets.

Extension councils already exist in every county and are charged with bringing University of Missouri programs and research to all parts of the state. The St. Louis County council would not be able to seek a tax under the bill.


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Michael Williams May 30, 2013 | 1:18 p.m.

MU Extension involved in tax levies? For doing....what? Purchasing what?

As it stands now, I'm kinda alarmed.

I sure would like to see some further explanation for this.

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Richard Saunders May 30, 2013 | 3:17 p.m.

Explanation? Sure, no problem.

"We really need the money."

Never mind that "money" is just someone else's unpaid debt. That part is obviously immaterial. Besides, DC will borrow it for us.

After all, it's not like there's any downside to geometric debt expansion if EVERYONE is doing it. I mean, if there was, wouldn't all those college geniuses tell us?

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Chris Cady May 30, 2013 | 3:58 p.m.

It does seem rather odd, but I have a feeling there is more to it than meets the eye. What areas of the state need it, what programs would it pay for, etc. It's not a very in-depth report here.

Presumably any new property tax for the purpose of paying for Extension services would have to be voted on in the designated 'district'. Which would give local voters the power to enact it or not.

We've done things just as strange when you think about it. We have a Library Tax, and a Parks and Soils Tax, to name a couple of them.

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