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Ballot Briefing: Missouri voters cast votes Tuesday

Missouri voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide on a variety of local issues, with public offices in more than 70 cities, towns and school districts on ballots. Votes of high interest include a 1-cent sales tax in Kansas City and City Council seats in Columbia.

It will the be the first widespread election for which the state’s new voter identification law applies, meaning voters generally must bring a government-issued photo ID.

Here’s a rundown of some of the big issues and races across the state:

Kansas City area

Voters in Kansas City will decide whether to extend a 1-cent sales tax for another 20 years, The Kansas City Star reports. The tax is estimated to generate $70 million per year for capital improvements, and officials say it’s critical to funding a replacement to the Buck O’Neil Bridge.

Other municipalities in the area, including Belton and Blue Springs, will vote on new local use taxes for most online purchases.


Columbia will decide on two members of the City Council, two members of of the Columbia School Board and one member of the Boone Hospital Center board, the Columbia Missourian reports.

Voters also will be asked to approve a $30 million bond issue to fund school construction.

St. Louis area

No elections are scheduled for St. Louis city, but mayors will be elected in several municipalities around the area, including Maryland Heights, Webster Groves and Ellisville, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Voters will decide on a property tax increase in unincorporated parts of Jefferson County.

Know of other important races across the state that we missed? Let us know, and we’ll add them to our roundup.