Gas Tax

Audio: Missouri’s Senate President says state is $800 million short annually in maintaining the state highway system

Business groups and construction companies from across the state have testified for legislation to increase Missouri’s gasoline tax by 12-point-five cents per gallon by 2025.     Schatz testified last (Wednesday) night before a Missouri House committee. The GOP-controlled Missouri Senate has already given final approval to the bill.  Schatz is urging lawmakers to increase […]

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Biden to unveil $2 trillion plan to rebuild infrastructure, move to clean energy

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden on Wednesday will unveil a nearly $2 trillion infrastructure package to rebuild highways and bridges, along with funding programs for housing, broadband, and schools and increasing U.S. manufacturing jobs over the next eight years, an administration official told reporters on Tuesday night. Alongside the expansive infrastructure plan, the president will […]

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$300 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds transferred to Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund

Governor Mike Parson announced that he has authorized a transfer of $300 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds from the State Treasury into the state’s UI Trust Fund to help keep the Trust Fund balance above the level that would trigger an increase in contribution tax rates for Missouri businesses.  “With over 96 percent of […]

Sales Tax

Audio: Missouri House advances effort to tax out-of-state businesses selling online

The state House of Representatives has given first-round approval to an effort that would tax out-of-state businesses selling online to Missourians. The legislation might not result in a significant state revenue increase because it would be offset by lowering the state’s income tax rate. Bill sponsor J. Eggleston, of northwest Missouri’s Maysville, says a so-called […]

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Final Jackson County audit report highlights concerns with assessment procedures, other areas of county government

Jackson County needs to improve controls and procedures in its assessment department to ensure effective and efficient future reassessments, an audit released today by State Auditor Nicole Galloway says. Those were some of the recommendations in the final report of the Auditor’s independent review of Jackson County government finances. The county received a rating of “fair.” […]

Lack of adequate funding has left county taxpayers bearing incarceration costs of state prisoners

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has released an audit of the County Reimbursement Program, which reimburses county governments for certain costs for housing and transporting state prisoners. The program is administered by the Missouri Department of Corrections. The audit found that a combination of delayed reimbursements due to lack of state funding and increasing incarceration […]

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Missouri state auditor releases 2020 property tax rates review

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has released her office’s annual review of local property tax rates. The State Auditor’s Office reviews rates to determine whether the rates are compliant with state law and to monitor rate adjustments to ensure revenue neutrality, as required by law. The office does not make recommendations on property tax rates […]

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Economic Development Committee to recommend public vote on “use” tax for Trenton

A committee composed of four members of the Trenton City Council has voted to recommend a public vote on enacting a local “use” tax for the city. The Economic Development Committee on Monday evening discussed the possibility before voting to send a recommendation to the full city council to put the issue on next April’s […]

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Trenton City Council discusses, then requests more information on potential increases in water and wastewater rates

The Trenton City Council listened, had a discussion, then requested more information on potential increases in water and wastewater rates to go toward financing possible future projects described as needed sooner than later at Trenton. Comparison of water and sewer rates were provided on some two dozen communities, some with higher rates, others with lower […]

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Grundy County Rural Fire Protection District to hold annual tax levy meeting

The Grundy County Rural Fire Protection District will hold its annual tax levy meeting next week. Spokesperson Andy Burress says the meeting will be held at the Industrial Maintenance Supply Building on 17th Street in Trenton on the evening of August 25th at 5 o’clock. Grundy County Clerk Betty Spickard reports the Grundy County Fire […]

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Pleasant View Board of Education increases tax rate; re-opening plan reviewed

The Pleasant View R-6 Board of Education increased the tax rate on the evening of Tuesday, August 11th. The tax rate will be $4.9508. That is up by 14.14 cents from the previous rate. During the regular meeting, the board adopted the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Special Education Compliance Plan. Items approved included […]