- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)6
- Post-election taunts reported at Jackson schools (12/2/16)28
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)2
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)33
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Lt. Gov. Kinder weighs in on Trump's win, his future plans (12/4/16)13
- Cape police warn of 'Grandparent Scam' (12/4/16)
County is keeping its pledge on taxes
To the editor:
The debate over when to terminate the county road-and-bridge property tax because of the passage of the new sales tax is becoming needlessly heated. If the county intends to collect the tax this year and terminate it next year, then the commissioners have lived up to the commitments made during the election process. The sales-tax collections will not begin until Jan. 1 and not be returned to the county for use until sometime in the early spring. The 2006 county taxes collected later this year will be available for funding of operations during that lag period. Clarification of some of the positions may be in order as suggested by a recent editorial, but no promises appear to have been broken.
Contrary to Presiding Commissioner Gerald Jones position, the Southeast Missourian has every right to bring matters of this nature into question. The newspaper was quick to give much coverage to the election process.
LONNIE G. HASTY, Cape Girardeau