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Fenton man to challenge Missouri's personal property tax

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 FENTON, Mo. (KMOX) – Richard LaViolet isn’t afraid to call it “a tax revolt.”

LaViolet has approval from the Secretary of State to begin collecting signatures for a constitutional amendment that would do away with Missouri’s personal property tax.

LaViolet thinks the taxes on cars , RVs,  boats,  farm machinery and manufactured homes are “a nuisance,” but one that can’t be ignored.

“It’s as if your renting your personal property from the state. If you don’t pay the tax the state can appropriate our asset” said LaViolet.

He now has until April 30th 2012 to collect 235,000 signatures to get the constitutional amendment on the November ballot that year. 

He plans to hire a firm to help collect signatures.

Missouri officials estimate abolishing the personal property tax would cost the state and local governments more than a billion dollars a year.

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