JEFFERSON CITY - Even if voters back Amedment 1 on Election Day, the ballot initiative might not affect any Missourians.
If passed, the ballot initiative would amend the state consitution to require charter counties to elect, rather than appoint, their assessors. Theoretically, the initiative would affect only four counties in the state: St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jackson County and Jefferson County. The measure could prove moot, though, because three of the counties already elect or will begin electing their assessors.
St. Charles and Jefferson counties already elect their assessors and, in August, St. Louis County voted to begin electing its assessors in April of 2011.
Jackson County, the remaining county, is also currently exempt from this amendment.The provision would exempt any charter county with a population of between 600,000 and 700,000 residents; according to 2008 Census data, Jackson County includes fewer than 670,000 residents.
State Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-St. Louis County, proposed Amendment 1 as a resolution during the last legislative session.He said he did not specifically target Jackson County in the legislation because he's a representative for St. Louis County, not Jackson County.
Even so, Schmitt stands behind his legislation, saying it solidifies the accountability of the property assessors.
"The St. Charles assessor has been noted in a (University of Missouri, St. Louis) study as one of the most accurate assessors in the State, so we really look at that model for this legislation," he said.