Missouri Personal Property Tax Amendment (2012)
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The initiative was proposed by Richard A. LaViolette of Fenton, Missouri.
Text of measure
The ballot title for the petition relating to taxation reads:
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to limit the authority of the General Assembly and political subdivisions to generate revenue by removing their ability to tax tangible personal property and both real and personal property used exclusively for religious worship, schools, colleges, agricultural and horticultural societies, veterans' organizations, or purely charitable purposes?
Prohibiting the levy of tangible personal property taxes by local governments would eliminate or reduce funding for local governmental services, including public schools. State governmental services to the blind could lose funding. The estimated revenue reduction to state and local governmental entities could exceed $1.1 billion annually.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Missouri signature requirements
To qualify for the ballot, the initiative required signatures from registered voters equal to 5% of the total votes cast in the 2008 governor's election from six of the state's nine congressional districts. Signatures on behalf of all initiative petitions for the 2012 ballot were due to the secretary of state’s office by no later than 5 p.m. on May 6, 2012.
- KMOX, "Fenton man to challenge Missouri’s personal property tax," December 21, 2010
- Associated Press, "Eastern Mo. man proposes constitutional amendment barring personal property tax on vehicles," December 20, 2010 (dead link)
- Missouri Secretary of State, "Initiative Petition Relating to Property Taxation Approved for Circulation for 2012 Ballot," December 20, 2010
- Missouri Secretary of State, "Constitutional Amendment to Article X, Relating to Property Taxation, 2012-006," accessed December 21, 2010