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22 December 2011

Gatschenberger: Property Tax Bill Information, GM Invests in Wentzville

On the Local Level

Representative Gatschenberger Receives Legislator of the Year Award

Representative Gatchenberger receiving the Legislator of the Year Award from the Brain Injury Association of Missouri for his House Bill 300 Sports Concussion Legislation

Property Tax Bill Information

I was given the following update on this issue from the County …

The County Executive has been advised by the Collector that all remaining property tax bills are in the mail. Anyone who may not have received their bill in the mail, can access it on the Collector’s website: They would click on Property Tax Database and then on the next page the tab Personal Property Search to find their personal property tax bill, and click on Real Estate Search to locate the real estate tax bill. If you need help with this, feel free to call the County Executive’s office (636.949.7520) and they will assist.

We are encouraging everyone to pay on time by December 31. If they fail to do so, they would be prohibited from taking a property tax deduction on their 2011 income tax returns, and prohibited from filing for a 2011 state property tax refund next year on the Circuit Breaker. A payment is made timely if postmarked by December 31, and we do have a drop box located outside on the corner in front of the Administration Building at 201 N. Second Street, where the Collector’s office is located.

If they have a dispute with their bill based on the value or description of the property, they need to contact the office of the Assessor during regular weekday business hours. Also, Section 139.031, RSMO., sets out the provisions for paying taxes under protest and for applying for a refund of taxes mistakenly or erroneously levied. Note in the statute that payments made under protest are to include a written statement as to the reason for the protest and to set out the amount in dispute.

PLEASE NOTE that St. Charles County employees have a Christmas Eve as well as a Christmas Day holiday, so we will be closed December 23 and December 26. County offices will also be closed on January 2 for the New Year’s holiday. There is no New Year’s Eve holiday.

We are expecting the Collector to be closed December 23 and December 26, as are other county offices, and it appears she will also be closed on Saturday, December 31. The Collector has the means to extend office hours for accepting payments, but we have had no word yet of any intention to do so.

Bells Will Be Ringing

Representative Gatschenberger volunteers as a bell ringer and asks you to do what you can to help those less fortunate this holiday season.

GM invests in Wentzville

Click on image to watch this video!

A new truck will soon be produced in Wentzville only.
See the new truck and listen to auto workers who have been called back to the line!

Emmaus Home at Shadow Trace

Representative Gatschenberger at the Emmaus Homes open house at Shadow Trace

Help with Medicare Decisions

Representative Gatschenberger attended the CLAIM enrollment event held at the Wentzville Library to assist Seniors with Medicare questions. The event will be scheduled on the same date next year, 11/8/12, from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

American Legislative Exchange Council Environmental Task Force

As a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council Environmental Task Force… Representative Gatschenberger tours Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station

Legislative Update

My work continues as the Chairman of the Interim Committee on 9-1-1 so honestly… the “interim” has not lived up to its name. We are still diligently working to come up with a solution as the funding that is currently provided by land-line phone service rapidly dwindles. As the only state in our Nation that does not have a State Funded 9-1-1 service, we need to move quickly and carefully to get our 9-1-1 service up to the current standards that are expected by all of us. I can assure you I am diligently working to that end.

This time of year makes me even more aware of how blessed my life has been. I thank each of you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your State Representative.

May your holidays be filled with loved ones as you create new memories for tomorrow. I wish you a Merry Christmas and send a special heartfelt THANK YOU to the troops that won’t get to be with their families because they have been keeping ours safe. God Bless You and Merry Christmas to you!

Additional Items of Interest

"The Meaning of the Flag Draped Coffin Folds"

Meaning of the Draped Coffin Flag Folding

Pass it along and be proud of the country we live in and even more proud of those who serve to protect our 'GOD GIVEN' rights and freedoms.

God Bless Them!

Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?

Have you ever noticed the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the United States of America Flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we learn something new every day!

The 1st fold of the flag is a symbol of life.

The 2nd fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.

The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the world.

The 4th fold represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

The 5th fold is a tribute to the country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, 'Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.'

The 6th fold is for where people's hearts lie. It is with their heart that they pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America , and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

The 7th fold is a tribute to its Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that they protect their country and their flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their republic.

The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.

The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of their country since they were first born.

The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding them of their Nations motto, 'In God We Trust.'

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for them the rights, privileges and freedoms they enjoy today.

There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning.

In the future, you'll see flags folded and now you will know why.

Share this with the children you love and all others who love what is referred to, the symbol of 'Liberty and Freedom.'


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Just for Fun: Why, Why, Why

Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting weak?

Why do banks charge a fee due to insufficient funds when they already know you're broke?

Why is it that when someone tells you that there are one billion stars in the universe, you believe them but, if they tell you there is wet paint, you have to touch it to check?

Why do they use sterilized needles for lethal injections?

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

Why did Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Whose cruel idea was it to put an "s" in the word "lisp"?

If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

Why is it that, no matter what color bubble bath you use, the bubbles are always white?

Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

Why do people run over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the first end you try?

How do those dead bugs get into enclosed light fixtures?

Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?

Why,in winter, do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when wecomplained about the heat?

How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?

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