Property tax relief fades at Mo. Capitol

Mar 31, 2014

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Missouri Capitol
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Some lawmakers want to revive a Missouri program that funded property tax rebates for senior and disabled homeowners hit by rapidly rising property taxes.

But they're meeting more resistance than when the program was originally enacted a decade ago.

The tax rebate program created under a 2004 law used state funds to offset property tax hikes above a certain percent for the disabled and seniors with incomes of up to $70,000.

From the 2007 to 2011 fiscal years, the state budgeted $7.5 million for the program.

But it has since expired.

A Senate committee heard testimony this past week on bills to revive it. But some committee members are now questioning why the state should get involved in local property tax issues.