The Warren County Commission will discuss Missouri SB190 and potentially freezing property taxes for senior citizens at its October 19, 2023, meeting.
The Warren County Commission will again discuss the possibility of freezing property taxes for seniors at its Oct. 19 meeting.
The discussion with members of the public is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in the commission chambers at the Warren County Administration building at 101 Mockingbird Lane in Warrenton.
This is a follow up to a discussion that commissioners had with several senior citizens at the Sept. 21 meeting.
Those citizens wanted the commission to act to become the sixth Missouri county to institute a freeze made legal by Missouri SB190.
Presiding Commissioner Joe Gildehaus said the commission was on board with the idea, but were hesitant to act immediately because of issues with the bill they are hoping Missouri lawmakers will clarify.
“It’s just all over the board,” Presiding Commissioner Joe Gildehaus told the assembled crowd.
Some of those issues revolve around who specifically is eligible.
“You know teachers aren’t eligible, Railroad people aren’t eligible, supposedly, because they don’t pay into social security,” Gildehaus said.
“We were hoping that they would get some of these questions answered for us next year before we would try to implement something,” Warren County Collector Julie Schaumberg said.
The seniors, though, wanted implementation of the bill done immediately.
“Let’s show people that Warren County is committed to doing the right thing to try to help and start building a plan,” one of the seniors who attended the Sept. 21 meeting told commissioners. “It might have to be tweaked in the future. But when people hear you say we want to wait and see what somebody does, they’re hearing ‘we don’t really want to commit to this and we’re going to really take our time.’ That’s not what the people want to hear. Let’s be committed, be firm and really get going with it. I know we can all find a way to work together.”
Commissioners agreed to place a second discussion about the bill on the Oct. 19 agenda and invited members of other taxing bodies within Warren County to participate in the discussion.
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