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Road, bridge tax rising in Marion County

By Danny Henley
dhenley@courierpost.com
Special to The Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 10, 2019 12:01 am

PALMYRA, Mo. -- Marion County's road and bridge tax will be going up slightly. An increase of .0033 cents per $100 assessed valuation was approved by the county commission during its meeting Monday at the courthouse in Palmyra.

The approved road and bridge tax rate will be .3323. That is the maximum amount that could be assessed, according to County Clerk Valerie Dornberger.

The commissioners said the general revenue tax at .1350, which is the same as last year. The maximum amount that could have been levied at .4431, Dornberger said.

"We take a half cent rollback for sales tax," she said. "They (commissioners) have to by law. It is a requirement because voters voted years and years ago to do a rollback based on the amount of sales tax that is collected in a year."

In addition to that .2407-cent sales tax rollback which is mandated, the commission voluntarily rolled back the sales tax by an additional .0674.

Regarding the reasoning behind the voluntary rollback Dornberger said, "They (commissioners) don't want to raise the taxes."

The county's tax rates are based on information that is provided from the state capitol.

"It has to do with our assessed value. It also has to do with the cost of living," Dornberger said. "The state figures all that."

Marion County's assessed value has gone up this year to $457,027,000. A year ago it stood at $447,598,000, representing a one-year increase of more than $10.5 million.

In other business:

n A slight increase in the rates paid by county employees for vision and dental insurance was approved by the commissioners.

n It was announced that the black topping of Paris Gravel Road, from Bear Creek to Highway MM, will begin this week. The section of road being repaved will be closed during the work.

n The commissioners approved their code of ethics, which is done annually in September.

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