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Title X TAXATION AND REVENUE

Chapter 137

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  137.1040.  Tax imposed for upkeep and maintenance of cemeteries (Counties not adopting an alternative form of government). — 1.  In addition to other levies authorized by law, the county commission in counties not adopting an alternative form of government and the proper administrative body in counties adopting an alternative form of government, or the governing body of any city, town, or village, in their discretion may levy an additional tax, not to exceed one quarter of one cent on each one hundred dollars assessed valuation, on all taxable real property located within such city, town, village, or county, all of such tax to be collected and allocated to the city, town, village, or county treasury, where it shall be known and designated as the "Cemetery Maintenance Trust Fund" to be used for the upkeep and maintenance of cemeteries located within such city, town, village, or county.

  2.  To the extent necessary to comply with Article X, Section 22(a) of the Missouri Constitution, for any city, town, village, or county with a tax levy at or above the limitations provided under Article X, Section 11(b), no ordinance adopted under this section shall become effective unless the county commission or proper administrative body of the county, or governing body of the city, town, or village submits to the voters of the city, town, village, or county at a state general, primary, or special election a proposal to authorize the imposition of a tax under this section.  The tax authorized under this section shall be levied and collected in the same manner as other real property taxes are levied and collected within the city, town, village, or county.  Such tax shall be in addition to all other taxes imposed on real property, and shall be stated separately from all other charges and taxes.  Such tax shall not become effective unless the county commission or proper administrative body of the county or governing body of the city, town, or village, by order or ordinance, submits to the voters of the county a proposal to authorize the city, town, village, or county to impose a tax under this section on any day available for such city, town, village, or county to hold elections or at a special election called for that purpose.

  3.  The ballot of submission for the tax authorized in this section shall be in substantially the following form:

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Shall ______ (insert the name of the city, town, village, or county) impose a tax on all real property situated in ______ (name of the city, town, village, or county) at a rate of ______ (insert rate not to exceed one quarter of one cent per one hundred dollars assessed valuation) for the sole purpose of providing funds for the maintenance, upkeep, and preservation of city, town, village, or county cemeteries?
☐ YES ☐ NO

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If a majority of the votes cast on the question by the qualified voters voting thereon are in favor of the question, then the tax shall become effective on the first day of the second calendar quarter immediately following notification to the city, town, village, or county collector.  If a majority of the votes cast on the question by the qualified voters voting thereon are opposed to the question, then the tax shall not become effective unless and until the question is resubmitted under this section to the qualified voters and such question is approved by a majority of the qualified voters voting on the question.

  4.  The tax imposed under this section shall be known as the "Cemetery Maintenance Tax".  Each city, town, village, or county imposing a tax under this section shall establish separate trust funds to be known as the "Cemetery Maintenance Trust Fund".  The city, town, village, or county treasurer shall deposit the revenue derived from the tax imposed under this section for cemetery purposes in the city, town, village, or county cemetery maintenance trust fund.  The proceeds of such tax shall be appropriated by the county commission or appropriate administrative body, or the governing body of the city, town, or village exclusively for the maintenance, upkeep, and preservation of cemeteries located within the jurisdiction of such commission or body.

  5.  All applicable provisions in this chapter relating to property tax shall apply to the collection of any tax imposed under this section.

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(L. 2010 H.B. 1442)


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