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New MO Tax Law Hard to Implement

By AP/KWMU

Joplin, MO – A new law in Missouri meant to protect older homeowners from higher property taxes is proving hard to implement without further action by lawmakers.

A group of county assessors is working with the state's Revenue Department to let lawmakers know about some problems and questions they have, for when lawmakers convene for a new legislative session in January.

The law, called the Missouri Homestead Preservation Act, limits the amount seniors and disabled people's property tax can increase if re-assessment makes their property worth more.

But Jasper County Assessor Don Davis says says there's no way county assessors can meet the deadlines that lawmakers imposed on them. There are also worries that the change will require additional staff at county assessor offices across Missouri.

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