This Article argues that the holding of the Western District contravenes decades of Missouri statutory construction law, undermines significant public policy considerations, and indirectly implicates the Missouri constitutional guarantee of "just compensation" for takings by furthering a system of undercompensation. This Article speculates as to the potential policy reasons for such a holding and, finding only the considerations of judicial economy and condemnation proceeding efficiency (time and expense to the condemnor, the burden of which passes to taxpayers), this Article argues that such considerations must yield to the property interests clearly protected by the language of the Missouri legislature

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