Ballot Briefing: KC streetcar stalled; Boone County sales tax approved

Kansas City voters dealt a blow to plans of expanding the city’s streetcar line and Boone County residents approved a sales tax to help with upkeep of roads and bridges as Missourians cast ballots on local issues Tuesday.

Here’s a rundown of some of the bigger local issues across the state:

Kansas City streetcar, minimum wage

Kansas City voters narrowly endorsed a measure that prohibits city participation in expansion of a downtown streetcar line.

In unofficial final results, Kansas City residents voted 51 percent to 49 percent in support of a petition initiative from streetcar opponents.

Voters also overwhelmingly approved a citywide minimum wage of $10 an hour, despite a recent state law that bans such ordinances.

Boone County infrastructure sales tax

Boone County voters overwhelmingly approved a 10-year extension of the half-cent sales tax for maintaining roads and bridges, 86 percent to 14 percent.

This is the third extension of the road tax, which was first approved in 1993.

St. Louis County taxes

St. Louis had nothing on Tuesday’s special-election ballot, but various communities in St. Louis County and elsewhere did.

Voters in the north St. Louis County city of St. Ann voted down a proposed 1-cent sales tax hike that was to have been earmarked to repair roads and sidewalks.

Voters in Overland approved a plan to double their current property tax rate in order to bolster the city’s police pension fund — the same as a ballot initiative that was defeated in April.

Special elections

In the only two state legislative races on the ballot, previously Republican-held seats were won by new Republican candidates, which means the GOP will keep its same overwhelming numbers in Jefferson City.

In the 50th Missouri House District in the Columbia area, the seat that was formerly held by four-term Rep. Caleb Jones, a Republican who left office in January to take a post in Gov. Eric Greitens’ administration, was won by Republican Sara Walsh, who works in communications for the Missouri Pharmacy Association. Walsh defeated Democrat Michela Skelton, an attorney, by more than 12 percentage points.

In the 28th Missouri Senate District, a sprawling district in southwest Missouri vacated by now-Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, Republican state Rep. Sandy Crawford was beating Democrat and former educator Al Skalicky by a roughly 2-to-1 margin.

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

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