The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Carthage, Jasper County

August 9, 2010

Carthage proposes 1.6-cent rise in city property tax

JOPLIN, Mo. — A drop in the assessed value of Carthage real estate will translate to an increase of about 1.6 cents in the city’s proposed property tax rate.

The City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed levy when it meets today. An ordinance to set the levy is scheduled for first-round review.

The plan calls for the council to set the levy at 74.99 cents per $100 assessed valuation. That’s up slightly from 73.38 cents for the current year. The assessed value of property in the city is down slightly, to just under $114 million compared with $115.3 million this year. Most of the loss is in the value of commercial real estate.

The proposed levy is estimated to generate $854,580. Of that amount, $396,008 will go to the general fund, $90,028 to public health, $170,825 to the parks and recreation fund, and $197,719 to the public library fund.

On a house with a market value of $100,000, the proposed levy translates to a real estate tax bill of $142.48, which is an increase of about $3 when compared with the current figure. Carthage does not collect a personal property tax.

Measures set for final action by the council include an ordinance outlining plans for the managed care of feral cats and an ordinance authorizing a contract with Blevins Asphalt Construction Co. for the city’s annual street paving program, at a cost of up to $108,000.

The council meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 326 Grant St.

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A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed a 1-cent sales tax increase to fund transportation projects. The proposed constitutional amendment passed the House earlier this month. If passed by the full Senate, the measure would head to the November ballot for voter approval. Would you vote in favor of it?

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