Missouri proposal seeks to prohibit personal property taxes

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December 21, 2010

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri: A challenge to Missouri's personal property tax may appear before voters on the 2012 ballot. On Monday, December 20, Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan approved the filed measure for petition circulation. The proposed measure, filed by Richard A. LaViolette of Fenton, Missouri, calls for abolishing personal property taxes.[1][2] According to the approved ballot title the measure, if approved by voters, is estimated to reduce state and local revenue by more than $1.1 billion annually.[3]

To qualify for the ballot, the initiative requires signatures from registered voters equal to 8% 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 are due to the secretary of state’s office by no later than 5 p.m. on May 6, 2012.

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