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Election Day: KC airport plan wins in landslide; St. Louis ups police pay



Voters in Kansas City offered overwhelming approval of a plan for a $1 billion overhaul of Kansas City International Airport, providing the biggest result of any local vote on Election Day in Missouri.

Here’s a rundown of some other local ballot issues of note:

Kansas City

About 75 percent of voters approved the plan to use private financing and convert Kansas City International Airport from three terminals to one.

In the days and weeks leading up to the vote, prognosticators cast the election as a close race, but predictions went by the wayside.

The win ends some six years of work by backers of an airport renovation, including Kansas City Mayor Sly James. The renovated facility could be open by late 2021.

St. Louis

St. Louis police officers and firefighters will soon see a boost in their paychecks, thanks to a half-cent sales tax increase voters approved.

The measure won easily, with roughly 60 percent of the vote. On April 1, the sales tax rate in most areas of the city will jump from 9.2 to 9.7 percent.

Mid-Missouri

Columbia voters narrowly rejected a local use tax, 51 percent to 49 percent.

Voters in Boone County, Ashland and Harrisburg also rejected use tax measures. The measure overwhelmingly failed in both Ashland and Harrisburg, where voters rejected the tax by 60 and 79 percent, respectively.

Southwest Missouri

Greene County voters gave a thumbs-up to a 1/2-cent general revenue sales tax hike.

Preliminary results from the Greene County Clerk’s Office showed that about 60 percent of voters cast ballots in favor of the proposal.

Springfield voters also chose to renew the level property tax.

The decision, which was supported by about 75 percent of voters, will not increase the rate that Springfield property owners currently pay.

Read more: Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Columbia Missourian, Springfield News-Leader

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