Munzy’s Bill and What it Means?

Sen. Brian Munzlinger’s bill – SB 573 – was heard in the Senate Economic Development Committee.  It’s a non-controversial bill which enables the counties of Shelby and Monroe to ask their voters for an additional property tax.  The revenues would be earmarked for road maintenance.

 

But the question was raised, and it appears the case, that the need for bills like this are the result of years of rolling back the assessed values on agricultural land.  Every time the State Tax Commission tries to increase the value of agricultural land, the Senate blocks the action.  While a popular, “pro-farmer” action, over time it deprives funding for services – not to mention what it does to the education funding…

 

Originally in January 23 MOScout.