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Boone County Presiding Commissioner Kip Kendrick (D) and GOP Governor Mike Parson shake hands at the historic I-70 bill-signing ceremony in MACC's Columbia parking lot near the interstate (August 15, 2023 file photo courtesy of the governor's Flickr page)

UPDATE: Boone County commissioners to start developing senior citizen tax relief program

State Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) testifies before a Missouri House committee in Jefferson City on January 17, 2024 (file photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at House Communications)

Boone County commissioners say they’ll release information in the coming weeks about public hearings after voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 1, which involves property taxes for seniors.

Presiding commissioner Kip Kendrick (D) and the other two commissioners released a statement this morning, saying they’ll soon start the public process of drafting a policy and addressing key elements of the voter-approved measure. Tuesday’s vote was overwhelming: with 13,928 in favor and 6,430 against. Proposition 1 was a one-sentence ballot issue: “Shall the county of Boone exempt senior citizens from certain increases in the property tax liability due on such senior citizens’ primary residence.”

Presiding Commissioner Kendrick and the other commissioners say they intend to implement a program that benefits the seniors who may need it the most, while also being mindful of the impact on taxing jurisdictions like school districts in the county.

Tax relief for seniors has been a top priority for State Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville), who’s been raising awareness about the ballot measure for several months. The term-limited Toalson Reisch is also running for Boone County northern district commissioner.

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