The Senate has beat their weekend deadline and voted to kill increased property tax legislation for Missouri farmers in a 19-8 vote on Thursday.
Wrap: Missouri lawmakers passed a resolution which rejects the Missouri State Tax Commission proposal to increase the amount of farms that could be taxed for their yield.
Republican Senator Brian Munzlinger of rural Williamstown sponsored the resolution.
|Description: "Following 2011, where we had multiple disasters out there in Ag Country...with floods, drought, straight winds, tornadoes...everything that really made 2011, especially for me, not a very good year. I personally didn't think it was a good time to be raising the taxes."|
There was opposition from Republican Senator Jim Lembke of Saint Louis County, who said it was unfair that farmers have not seen a tax increase in 15 years.
|Description: "We're looking for a little equity."|
Reporting from the Capital, I'm Mary McGuire.
Legislation that would increase property taxes on agricultural property was killed by the Missouri Senate in a 19-8 vote Thursday.
Wrap: Lawmakers voted against legislation that would have increased taxes for Missouri farmers.
Democratic Senator Tim Green of Saint Louis County was in favor of the increased agricultural taxes.
He said a lack of farmland tax places an unfair burden on schools in his district, whose state funding is based on local property tax.
|Description: "The idea that because we are from the urban area, that we can afford assessment to ourselves to help fund our schools is not a fair, not using the pun, but assessment."|
Reporting from the State Capital, I'm Mary McGuire.