Missouri Election of Charter County Assessors, Amendment 1 (2010)
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- See also: 2010 ballot measure election results
|Amendment 1 (County Assessors)|
Official results via Missouri Secretary of State
Text of measure
Official Ballot Title:
- Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to require the office of county assessor to be an elected position in all counties with a charter form of government, except counties with a population between 600,001-699,999?
- It is estimated this proposal will have no costs or savings to state or local governmental entities.
Fair Ballot Language:
A "yes" vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to require that assessors in charter counties be elected officers. This proposal will affect St. Louis County and any county that adopts a charter form of government. The exception is for a county that has between 600,001-699,999 residents, which currently is only Jackson County.
A "no" vote will not change the current requirement for charter counties.
If passed, this measure will not have an impact on taxes.
Media editorial positions
- The Hannibal Courier-Post supported Amendment 1. "The amendment is really unnecessary in a way, because three of the four already elect or will soon begin electing their assessors. However, making the job-seeking process level for all assessors in the state is practical and fair," said the editorial board.
- The St. Louis Post-Dispatch opposed Amendment 1. "Property appraisals should be conducted professionally, consistently and fairly. Voters elect the county executive, who appoints the assessor. That provides accountability. Vote No on Amendment 1," said the editorial board.
- The Kansas City Star said, "All Missouri counties except Jackson County elect their assessors already. We’d prefer the trend move in the opposite direction. Assessors should be able to do their jobs without worrying about what the next election might bring. Beyond that, this is another measure that is simply inappropriate for a statewide ballot. Residents of individual counties should decide whether to elect or appoint their assessors."
- The Southeast Missourian said, "Recommendation: Oppose. Assessors are already elected in most counties, including in Cape Girardeau, Bollinger, Scott and Perry counties. This amendment shifts the organizational structure for a county position from the local area, where it belongs."
Path to the ballot
In order to qualify for the ballot, the measure required approval by a majority of the members of each chamber of the Missouri General Assembly.
- SJR 5 full text
- Missouri Election of Charter County Assessors: Fiscal note
- Missouri 2010 ballot issues
- The Moberly Monitor-Index,"Missouri Constitutional Amendment 1," October 26, 2010
- Missouri Secretary of State,"2010 ballot," accessed June 10, 2010
- Missouri Senate,"Senate Joint Resolution 5," accessed June 10, 2010
- Hannibal Courier-Post,"Recommendations on amendments," October 28, 2010
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch,"Yes on Proposition B," October 21, 2010
- Kansas City Star,"Reject two unneeded Missouri ballot issues on taxation, assessors," October 6, 2010
- Southeast Missourian,"Ballot initiatives," October 26, 2010
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