- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)5
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Woman accused of pushing Wal-Mart employee after theft (9/27/16)
A good deal
The days of bickering over road and bridge tax money have ended for Jackson and Cape Girardeau County. Officials say they reached a settlement earlier this month on who gets to claim the tax money.
The two governmental bodies have been at odds since 2002 and squared off in court for the first time in history.
At the heart of the matter is an interpretation of a state statute that requires counties to pass on 25 percent of the road and bridge taxes they collect from city residents to cities within each county to pay for road and bridge work. During the dispute, Jackson maintained it was owed money while the county said the city was misreading the statute.
Now that the matter has been settled, Jackson will be paid nearly $350,000 from the county over a five-year period. The settlement also means that county residents will see $90,000 less for road improvement projects outside of Jackson -- an amount that would pave five miles of blacktop.
Under the agreement, the county will pay revenue collected from 1999 to 2003. The county will not pay interest or penalties on the reimbursement, which amounts to $345,667.
It has taken years to get Jackson alderman and the county commissioners to agree on the road and bridge tax issue. It makes sense for the two groups to work together for the best interests of their respective residents. This settlement is a step in the right direction.