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Missouri Election of Charter County Assessors, Amendment 1 (2010)

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Missouri Election of Charter County Assessors, Amendment 1 appeared on the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment where it was approved.[1]

Election results

See also: 2010 ballot measure election results
Amendment 1 (County Assessors)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,360,556 74.1%
No475,00025.9%

Official results via Missouri Secretary of State

Text of measure

Title

According to the Missouri Secretary of State the official ballot title read as follows:[2]

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.

Constitutional changes

See also: Missouri Amendment 1 (2010), constitutional text changes

Section 18(b) of Article VI in the Missouri Constitution was repealed and a new section was added. The new section can be read here.[3]

Media editorial positions

See also: Endorsements of Missouri ballot measures, 2010

Support

  • 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.[4]

Opposition

  • 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.[5]
  • 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."[6]
  • 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."[7]

Path to the ballot

See also: Missouri legislatively-referred constitutional amendments

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.

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