- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- Son of Westboro Baptist Church patriarch discusses abuse, faith (11/15/17)6
- Scott City council hires former SEMO public safety director as city administrator (11/15/17)
Your cost if Prop 1 passes
A lot of time, effort and money has been devoted to promoting the passage of a $40 million bond issue, called Proposition 1, for the Cape Girardeau School District. Proponents have explained in great detail where the money will be spent and the resulting improvements. The presentations are slanted toward getting the bond issue passed.
Where will this money come from? It will come from school district taxpayers when the current tax sunsets. If passed, Proposition 1 will continue to collect each year 69.82 cents per $100 of assessed valuation of real and personal property. That sounds small, but how much money does that represent?
To get an approximate amount, take your 2009 property tax and personal property tax and add them together. Multiply this number by 0.14. The following table is an estimate of the amount you will pay each year:
property taxes Prop 1 money
If Prop 1 passes, the Prop 1 money will be collected each year for many years after the current tax ends. If Prop 1 doesn't pass, your tax could go down the amount of Prop 1 money after the current tax ends.
Now you know how many dollars are at stake for you personally when you get out and vote Tuesday.
DENNIS DOBSON, Cape Girardeau