- Business notebook: Cape salon picked as one of nation's top 200 (4/17/17)
- Man out on bond for alleged molestation of boys charged with abusing girl (4/18/17)
- Pilot House goes smoke-free (4/23/17)9
- New policy for semissourian.com online commentary: No pseudonyms (4/17/17)58
- Without city record, Marie Street residents on hook for thousands in sewer repairs (4/19/17)7
- Going the distance: Several locals participate in Boston Marathon (4/18/17)2
- City wants to put hold on shipping container houses for now (4/17/17)1
- Deputy: Man kicked, broke uncle's ribs after yard-work dispute (4/19/17)
- Cape councilman Bob Fox to run for mayor (4/21/17)5
- Scott County: M Kay Supply in Benton fills unique needs in community (4/14/17)
Let's have tax breaks for seniors
To the editor:My wife and I recently went to Pensacola, Fla., for a vacation. While we were there I met a retired man from Georgia. He asked me if Missouri gave a tax break to senior citizens. I told him I didn't think so and asked what he meant. He said in Georgia when a property owner reaches the age of 62, the school tax is dropped from his property-tax bill. The man said his property tax was around $1,500 a year, and when he turned 62 his property tax dropped to $350 a year.
I think this is a good idea for our senior citizens. We all hope to be senior citizens someday. Regardless of what branch of government sets these assessments -- city, county or state -- this should be a statewide program.
I would like for our state legislators to look into this and act on it. I hope our newspaper and TV and radio stations will stay on top of this.
JOHN BLACKWELL, Cape Girardeau