Upon further review of Section 137.082 RSMo, I found the W.R. "Bill" Thompson was correct in his interpretation of this statute regarding pro-rata taxation for new residential construction and losses of residential property due to natural disaster. Subsection 8 of this particular law does, indeed, address pro-rata taxes due to the loss of residential properties due to natural disaster. In my initial review of the statute, I did not read it in its entirety as my review ended with Subsection 7 of the statute.
If my comments in the county commission meeting of November 15 pertaining to the above in any way brought discredit to Mr. Thompson, I wish to make an apology in that regard. However, I believe the action of the county commission was not based upon my misstatements but rather additional reasoning as articulated by Commissioner Lucas during the meeting.
Hubert DeLay Jr.
Mississippi County Clerk