For his efforts to work with Missouri's local government leaders, state Rep. Mike Henderson, R-Bonne Terre, was recently named the Freshman Legislator of the Year for Local Government Issues.
Henderson received the award from House Speaker Todd Richardson, who recognized him for the work he has done to address an important issue for St. Francois County.
As a first-term legislator, Henderson has filed legislation to exempt St. Francois County from a requirement regarding how road and bridge tax dollars are utilized. The county would be exempt from the requirement that says not less than 25 percent of a county's special road and bridge tax collected in a municipality within the county must be expended within that municipality for repair and improvement projects.
According to Henderson, he filed the bill to enable the county to spend the special bridge tax money more efficiently, with a possible savings of up to $400,000 each year.
"I am extremely thankful to Speaker Richardson for giving me the opportunity to play a role in crafting policy that is extremely important to me and to our local government leaders who serve the needs of the people. It is truly an honor to receive this award and to be recognized for my efforts."