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St. Louis County Assessor could become an elected position

County Executive Dooley
Adam Allington, STL Public Radio
County Executive Dooley

By Adam Allington, St. Louis Public Radio

Clayton, MO – St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley is calling for a county-wide vote to determine if the position of tax assessor should be an elected position.

St. Louis County, St. Louis City, Kansas City and Jackson County are the only tax districts where the assessor is appointed, not elected..

The ballot issue would be attached to the August 3rd primary and would preempt a statewide vote on the same issue in November.

Dooley says state voters have no business determining how St. Louis County handles its business affairs.

"We're the only county in this state that has a AAA credit rating", said Dooley. "That means we're very responsible, we know what we're doing. So I'm saying, it should be a county issue only."

If approved by the County Council the issue would come at no extra cost since it would occur simultaneously with the August primary.