Millions of dollars of development and estate land brings in just $2,363.26 in yearly property taxes
COLUMBIA, 12/1/11 (Op-Ed) --
"Amazing and disheartening," is how David Stokes
, a policy analyst at one of Missouri's leading conservative think tanks, characterizes Boone County's ridiculously generous property tax breaks
for the area's richest and most powerful residents and businesses.
Other Heart Beat readers feel the same way. They have no problem paying their fair share of taxes, but scorn the idea that so-called "one percenters" -- the country's wealthiest individuals and businesses -- pay virtually nothing, the highest form of collusion
with donation-hungry public officials.