Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 5:52 pm
A conservative advocacy group says more than 200 local governments across Missouri are trying to raise taxes. The tally includes proposals such as property tax hikes, sales taxes, and bond issues that are up for votes on the ballot in April. Patrick Werner heads the Missouri chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a group that advocates for lower taxes and limited government.
County police on Wednesday announced that the overall crime rate is down 12.5 percent for the first six months of 2012, compared with the same period in 2011. Violent crime is down 7.2 percent.
The county had 12 homicides in the first half of 2011, compared to two through June of this year. Forcible rapes are down 25 percent, arson 22.2 percent, burglary 28.1 percent, robbery 11.5 percent and aggravated assault 1.1 percent.