Election Roundup: KC approves sales tax; OTC funds approved

Voter approval for funding of municipal services and capital projects was the story of the day Tuesday as Missourians gave the green light to a number of measures on local ballots, including a 1-cent sales tax extension in Kansas City, a $30 million school bond in Columbia and funding for Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield and the surrounding area.

Kansas City

Voters overwhelmingly approved the renewal of a 1-cent sales tax to fund capital improvements, including part of the Buck O’Neil Bridge, The Kansas City Star reports. The tax is expected to generate $70 million annually over 20 years.

Elsewhere in the Kansas City area, voters in Blue Springs and Independence rejected proposed sales taxes on out-of-state purchases made online.

Sixteen municipalities elected mayors. Most were incumbents, and many ran unopposed.

St. Louis

Tuesday didn’t feature any races or ballot issues in St. Louis or any countywide initiatives for St. Louis County, but other counties in the region approved taxes to boost public safety, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Voters in unincorporated areas in Jefferson County approved a property tax hike to fund their sheriff’s department. Franklin and Warren counties approved sales taxes to fund law enforcement.

Mid-Missouri

In Columbia, a $30 million bond issue to fund school construction projects passed easily, the Columbia Missourian reports.

In other votes, the city re-elected incumbent City Councilman Mike Trapp and voted in two new school board members, Teresa Maledy and Susan Blackburn.

Southeast Missouri

In Cape Girardeau, 81 percent of voters approved extending a three-eighth-cent sales tax for 15 years to fund parks, stormwater projects and operations. Mayor Harry Rediger called the vote “a tremendous endorsement for the city,” the Southeast Missourian reports.

The city also will get a new mayor, Bob Fox, who was unopposed Tuesday.

Southwest Missouri

Voters in the Ozarks approved two tax proposals that will help fund Ozarks Technical Community College, the Springfield News-Leader reports.

They approved the 20-year extension of a 5-cent tax levy per $100 assessed valuation and the creation of a new 5-cent tax levy.

The school said the funding would help it train displaced workers, expand technical and health care programs and create a new Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Technology.


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