2020 In the News

MARYVILLE, Mo. — A statewide challenge from Walmart of county property tax valuations is ongoing, Nodaway County Assessor Rex Wallace said at the monthly county officeholders meeting Tuesday morning.

In June 2019, Walmart challenged the property tax valuation determined by Wallace’s office, instead suggesting a valuation at less than half of what the county had figured.

The county’s answer was to re-assess the property — and raise the valuation from about $7.79 million to $8.1 million. Walmart filed challenges to every one of its property tax valuations in every county that is home to one of its stores last year, taking its cases to the Missouri Tax Commission.

At the meeting Tuesday, Wallace said the challenge filed by Walmart with the tax commission is ongoing, and he submitted the county’s paperwork to defend its valuation last month.

The tactic has been employed by the retail behemoth for at least 15 years across multiple states in an effort to drastically cut its property taxes. The resources brought to bear by the private firms that represent the company can often make the fight costly for counties whether Walmart is successful or not.

Other county notes

  • The last day to register to vote in the March 10 presidential primary is Feb. 11.
  • Nodaway County Collector-Treasurer Marilyn Jenkins said that preliminary estimates indicate tax collection was down around $1 million this year, but an unusual amount of check errors still need to be resolved.
  • County employees and officeholders will receive a 1.6 percent cost-of-living increase this year.
  • County Commissioner Bob Stiens said the commission purchased a new bulldozer from Caterpillar, which came in with a lower bid than John Deere, the company that the county has bought from in the past.
  • Stiens also said five more bridges will see repairs this year, in addition to two still on the slate from last year.
  • The county will celebrate its 175th anniversary this year. To celebrate, the county will hold an open house for the public from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, that will include refreshments and historical displays.
  • Sheriff Randy Strong said his office is working with the Midwest Regional Dive Team in Iowa toward water recovery and swift water rescue teams for Nodaway County, and training of local divers is already underway. A grant from the Rickard Trust will be used to purchase a sonar device to help in locating drowning victims or underwater evidence.

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