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Missouri House to scrutinize local taxes

Missouri House to scrutinize local taxes

July 19th, 2019 by the News Tribune in Local News

State-level lawmakers said they are looking out for taxpayers’ best interests, but they have concerns about how local governments tax citizens.

State Rep. Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives, announced Thursday the creation of the Special Interim Committee on Oversight of Local Taxation.

“Missourians across the state have raised serious concerns on how counties assess property tax values and the fairness of what is being taxed,” Haahr said in a news release. “While the General Assembly continues to ensure Missourians keep more of their hard-earned money, we will remain vigilant that counties are not in return deviously raising Missourians’ taxes.”

The committee is tasked with evaluating how local governments are determining taxes and how they are affected by tax policy.

The committee will review the process of determining sales and property taxes, according to the release. It will also “explore many different areas outside of county property assessments” and continue looking at internet sales taxes and how local communities are benefiting from them.

The committee is made up of 10 representatives, seven of whom are Republicans.