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.