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Tax rates updated throughout county

Tax rates throughout Cape Girardeau County had to be updated due to an error in the county’s property tax calculation. The tax rates changed at the county level, as well as for the cities and school districts in the county.

“It was just an entry error and with those kinds of numbers, one digit made a big difference,” Cape Girardeau County Assessor Bob Adams said.

The error has led to a decrease in the approved tax rates for the county, the City of Jackson and the Jackson R-2 School District.

The new tax rates were approved by the Cape Girardeau County Commission on Sept. 29. The county’s general tax rate was lowered to $0.0576 per $100 assessed valuation, down from $0.0622 approved in August.

The senior services tax rate was lowered from $0.0486 to $0.0479, the mental health tax rate was lowered from $0.0784 to $0.0773 and the Senate Bill 40 tax rate was lowered from $0.0562 to $0.0554.

The county tax rates last year were $0.0580 for general revenue, $0.0478 for senior services, $0.0773 for mental health and $0.0554 for Senate Bill 40.

The City of Jackson Board of Aldermen updated the city’s tax rates on Oct. 3, changing Jackson’s tax rate to $0.8671 per $100 assessed valuation. This new tax rate was lower than the tax rate of $0.9451 approved in August, but is the same as last year’s rate — resulting in no increase for 2022.

The Jackson R-2 School Board approved its new tax rate on Oct. 4, changing the district’s total tax rate to $3.7998 per $100 assessed valuation. This is a slight decrease from the $3.8000 rate approved by the board in August.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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