1. At the general election in the year 1948 and every four years thereafter the qualified
voters in each county in this state shall elect a county assessor. Such county assessors shall enter upon the discharge of their duties on the first
day of September next after their election, and shall hold office for a term of four
years, and until their successors are elected and qualified, unless sooner removed
from office; provided, that this section shall not apply to the City of St. Louis. The assessor shall be a resident of the county from which such person was elected.
2. The office of county assessor is created in each county having township organization
and a county assessor shall be elected for each township organization county at the
next general election, or at a special election called for that purpose by the governing
body of such county. If a special election is called, the state and each political subdivision or special
district submitting a candidate or question at such election shall pay its proportional
share of the costs of the election, as provided by section 115.065. Such assessor shall assume office immediately upon his election and qualification,
and shall serve until his successor is elected and qualified under the provisions
of subsection 1 of this section. Laws generally applicable to county assessors, their offices, clerks, and deputies
shall apply to and govern county assessors in township organization counties, and
laws applicable to county assessors, their offices, clerks, and deputies in third
class counties and laws applicable to county assessors, their offices, clerks, and
deputies in fourth class counties shall apply to and govern county assessors, their
offices, clerks, and deputies in township organization counties of the respective
classes, except that when such general laws and such laws applicable to third and
fourth class counties conflict with the laws specially applicable to county assessors,
their offices, clerks, and deputies in township organization counties, the laws specially
applicable to county assessors, their offices, clerks, and deputies in township organization
counties shall govern.
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