Will Shaun Missey's Name Be Placed Back on the April Ballot?
Arnold's city attorney said Missey was disqualified because he was in arrears on city taxes that are generated from personal property taxes. But the city's finance director says Arnold does not receive any direct payment from those taxes.
Shaun Missey, an Arnold City Council candidate, was disqualified from the April race for not paying his 2012 personal property tax by the candidate filing date.
It was a bit confusing because two city council candidates who were deliquent on their property taxes were allowed to run in 2011. Those candidates included current Ward 2 Councilman Bill Moritz and Randy Crisler.
City Attorney Bob Sweeney said in a previous interview that while a municipal candidate can't be disqualified for being delinquent on personal property taxes, they can have their name removed from the ballot for not paying city taxes or fees.
He further explained in the interview that he recently learned a portion of the personal property tax, specifically the road and bridge line item, goes to the city.
"It is in effect a city tax Missey owed that we did not get," Sweeney said in the interview.
However, Deborah Lewis, Arnold's finance director, recently told Patch that the city receives no direct payment from personal property taxes.
"Whether we receive money indirectly, I don't know," Lewis said. "But we don't get a share of personal property tax money."
Patch tried unsuccessfully to reach Sweeney several times last week.
Specifically, we wanted to know if Missey's name would be placed back on the ballot since according to Lewis, the city receives no direct payment of personal property taxes.
Update 2:30 p.m.: Patch spoke with Sweeney who said Missey is still disqualified from running for council. Per the Missouri Sunshine Law, we have requested a memo Sweeney sent to the city on Friday regarding the decision. We will provide an additional article once we receive the memo.
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