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St. Charles Co voters to decide on proposed property tax increase meant to help senior services

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Some in St. Charles County want voters to decide on a property tax increase in which the funds would help senior services. Credit: KMOV Some in St. Charles County want voters to decide on a property tax increase in which the funds would help senior services. Credit: KMOV

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – St. Charles County officials say they are looking to raise taxes for the first time in more than a decade.

The county says the potential increase in taxes will go directly to services for senior citizens due to the growing population of that age demographic.

More than 100 people visit the Saints Joachim and Ann Care Service food pantry every week. Many of those visitors are seniors in St. Charles County.

Sister Miriam Mahan says she is one of the biggest supports of Proposition S. Mahan says the funds would go towards helping the growing population of seniors to remain in their homes longer.

“This is not just the low income, this could be your mother, your grandmother, simple things that their insurance won’t cover [like] outfitting a bathroom to make it accessible. Those things are very expensive and that will provide the ability for them to age in place,” said Mahan, Executive Director of Saints Joachim & Ann Care Service

The St. Charles County Council voted on June 27 to put the property tax increase on the November ballot.

“If your house is worth 100 [thousand], it’s going to be $9.50 a year, if its $200,000, it will be around $19 [a year],” said Mahan.

Joe Brazil, a St. Charles County council member, says he could not get behind a tax that would also affect the senior citizens it is hoping to assist.

“Well you’re going to raise their taxes too. That doesn’t make a lot of sense and you’re telling people how to spend their money and I’m just not wired that way, taxes are high enough,” said Brazil.

Officials say funds would be made available through a board that would approve requests. If approved, it would only last for 10 years before it would have to go back to voters.

St. Louis County and St. Louis City both have similar measures up for a vote.

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