If Proposition S passes in November 2016, the funding would come from a tax of five cents per $100 of assessed valuation upon all taxable property (real and personal). Revenue raised in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County would support that individual county.

Funds would be used to aid services that allow a person age 60 and over to age in place. The funded services cannot supplant existing services. In the other 51 Missouri counties who passed the tax, funding supports the following services:  nutrition, transportation, home maintenance/safety, care coordination, behavioral health, dental/vision health, socialization, homemaker services, and respite services. How to distribute the funds will be decided by an appointed board of each county or the City of St. Louis.

: A taxpayer with a home valued at $100,000 would pay $9.50 annually in real property tax. A taxpayer with an automobile valued at $10,000 would pay $1.67 annually in personal property tax. 

Grants or contracts would be available for programs, services, and organizations that serve residents age 60+ in each county (or the city of St. Louis) that passes the tax. 

No! Some services would be based on need, but other funds will be available for programs and services that serve any senior age 60 and older. 

If Proposition S passes, the elected body of each county and the City of St. Louis will appoint an independent board, audited annually, that determines how the funds are dispersed. All funds collected for this purpose shall be deposited in a special fund for the provision of services for persons 60 years of age or older, and shall be used for no other purpose except those purposes authorized in sections 67.990 to 67.995 RSMo. Funding decisions are determined by board members and only in accordance with the fund budget approved by the governing body of the county or mayor of the city. 

Funding gaps will continue to mean a lack of services to seniors who need them to stay in their homes. Each county must approve the Senior Service Fund separately, and counties will not be impacted by another county’s vote.

If Proposition S passes in November 2016, services could begin in early 2018. No funds shall be spent until the board of directors of the Senior Service Fund has been appointed and taken office. 

Funding will be used to expand services that allow a person age 60 and over to age in place. The services cannot supplant existing services. In the other 51 Missouri counties who have passed the tax, funding supports the following services: transportation, home maintenance/safety, care coordination, behavioral health, dental/vision health, socialization, homemaker services, and respite services. Services will be decided by the Board of each county.