Assessor Candidates Split on Research Park Taxation

By Ralph Dummit Of the St. Charles Post | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), October 11, 1994 | Go to article overview

Assessor Candidates Split on Research Park Taxation


Ralph Dummit Of the St. Charles Post, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Candidates for St. Charles County assessor differ over whether businesses at the Missouri Research Park should pay real-estate taxes to the county.

The University of Missouri, which is tax-exempt, owns the park to promote research and development to enhance its education mission.

Gene Zimmerman, the Republican incumbent in the Nov. 8 general election, contends that not all the business at the park is research and development and is therefore subject to a proportionate real-estate tax.

Zimmerman has assessed the leasehold value of a golf course under construction at the park as well as two other businesses that he does not consider to be pure research and development companies.

Democrat John Winkelmeier, who is seeking to unseat Zimmerman, says that tenants at the research park should be exempt from taxes. "The Missouri Legislature, in its wisdom, has given them tax-exempt status, and that has resulted in thousands of jobs," he said.

Winkelmeier pointed out that tenants at the research park pay personal-property taxes on their equipment.

Winkelmeier is one of the three members of the county Board of Equalization, which decides on appeals by property owners of their assessments. …

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