Northeast Missouri voters will decide the fate of 10 local ballot issues in Tuesday's primary election. A 911 sales tax in Pike County, a $17.5 million waterworks issue in Hannibal and a proposed school district boundary change impacting Shelby County ...and more »
Posted: Aug. 4, 2018 10:00 pm
Northeast Missouri voters will decide the fate of 10 local ballot issues in Tuesday's primary election.
A 911 sales tax in Pike County, a $17.5 million waterworks issue in Hannibal and a proposed school district boundary change impacting Shelby County R-4 are expected to attract the most attention. But some smaller issues also will be decided.
Here's a rundown on the various issues by county:
Pike County residents will decide whether to impose a countywide sales tax of 9/16 of 1 percent to finance an independent 911 emergency dispatch system.
The current 911 system in Pike County is insufficiently funded with a fee on telephone services. If the sales tax is approved, the telephone fee would be abolished within one year of the new sales tax taking effect.
In addition, a new 911 governing board would be established. Members of the new board would be appointed initially by the Pike County Commission and in subsequent years would be elected by voters.
Also in Pike County:
º In separate elections on the same issue, Eolia and Clarksville residents will be asked to impose a local use tax on out-of-state purchases. If approved, the use tax would remain equal to the local sales tax rate, which is currently 1 percent in both communities.
The biggest issue in Shelby County involves a proposal to move the western section of the Shelby County R-4 School District into the neighboring Macon R-1 School District.
This boundary-change proposal was placed on the election ballot in both school districts by a group of disgruntled Shelby R-4 residents from the Clarence area who opposed a newly established 73-cent property tax increase to build a new elementary school, which will eventually result in the closing of existing elementary schools in Clarence and Shelbina.
If the boundary change issue passes in both school districts, the boundary change would go into effect the next day, Aug. 8. If the issue fails in both districts, the ballot measure will fail and no boundary change will occur.
If the issue passes in one district and fails in the other, however, the Missouri State Board of Education will be asked to set up a board of arbitration to have a hearing on the issue.
Since the Shelby County R-4 School District extends into a portion of Monroe County, the ballot issue will appear on some ballots in Monroe County. However, most of the district's votes will be cast in Shelby County.
Also in Shelby County, three other ballot issues will be decided -- all involving a similar issue:
º Residents of Shelbina, Bethel and Hunnewell will decide if those cities should continue receiving a local sales tax on titling out-of-state purchases of motor vehicles, trailers, boats and outboard motors. If the issue is rejected in any one city, that city would no longer receive extra revenue that's used to provide local services.
The governing boards in Shelbina and Bethel passed ordinances in April authorizing the continued collection of the use tax if voters approve the measure on Aug. 7.
In Lewis County, Lewistown residents will be asked if the city should discontinue receiving the local sales tax on titling out-of-state purchases of motor vehicles, trailers, boats and outboard motors. If the issue passes, the city would stand to lose extra revenue that's used to provide local services in the city.
Clark County residents will be asked if the Clark County Nursing Home District should be allowed to increase its annual property tax rate from 0.2373 cents per $100 assessed valuation to 0.35 cents to provide more operating revenue.
There are no local issues on the ballots in Scotland and Knox counties.
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