Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Madison County Prosecutor, Sheriff, Oppose Treasurer's Proposal for Lowered Tax Rate

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Madison County Prosecutor, Sheriff, Oppose Treasurer's Proposal for Lowered Tax Rate

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EDWARDSVILLE * The Madison County treasurer is gathering signatures on petitions seeking a vote on lowering the county's maximum general property tax rate, but law enforcement officials protested Wednesday that the measure could lead to cuts in public safety programs.

According to Treasurer Kurt Prenzler's petition, lowering the maximum rate to 0.2 percent of assessed valuation from 0.25 percent would reduce the tax on a $100,000 home by $16.66. It would reduce the county's maximum collection to about $9.3 million a year from about $11.7 million, according to the petition.

Prenzler, a Republican running for county board chairman, said the county had no debt and padded its budget with an unneeded surplus of up to $4 million a year.

"You should not tax for what you don't need," he said.

State's Attorney Tom Gibbons and Sheriff John Lakin, both Democrats, oppose the effort. …

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