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- Former coroner convicted of felony theft now faces prison in misdemeanor case (5/23/17)2
- Cape police say man assaulted, kidnapped girlfriend (5/21/17)2
- Woman may lose foot after being hit by moped (5/24/17)
- Mississippi County sheriff fights efforts in court to remove him from office (5/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Woman, sister-in-law buy Perryville custom-wear shop (5/22/17)
- Cape man accused of shooting a woman in Jackson (5/21/17)
- Police apprehend Charleston man they say hit Cape woman with car (5/24/17)
- Illinois Trail of Tears site where Cherokee buried named to National Historic Register (5/24/17)
- Broadening horizons: Heartland Dream Team founder stays committed to area youth (5/21/17)2
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