property tax

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By most indicators, Columbia is a thriving city. It ranks high on several “best small places” lists. The unemployment rate is pretty low – 3.7% in 2013. The growth rate is pretty high – up 5.9% between 2010 and 2013. And you’d think as goes the city, so goes its government.


But during budget discussions at city council earlier this month, city manager Mike Matthes noted, “every city department is about 30% understaffed from our competition, our bench mark, our comparison cities.”

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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.

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Just over a week after introducing the idea of a new property tax to fund the hire of 35 new police officers in Columbia, Mayor Bob McDavid has decided it's not necessary after all.

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Callaway County delays in mailing residents' tax bills

Nov 5, 2012
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The Callaway County collector’s office will not be mailing resident’s tax bills on time.

Computer glitches in the new taxpayer software that the collector’s office is using will delay the mailing of Callaway County’s real estate and property tax bills this year. The new PC based software was implemented in February.