Voters Pass Texas County 911 Sales Tax, Nixa Bond and More

By KOLR10 News

Published 04/08 2014 09:45PM

Updated 04/09 2014 10:53AM

SOUTHWEST Mo. – The results are in for many area ballot issues.

KOLR10’s Linda Ong previously reported on the 911 sales tax proposal in Texas County. Tuesday night, voters passed the tax with 72 percent, about 1,756 voters, checking yes.

28 percent, or 694 voters, voted no on the issue.

The 3/8 sales tax helps fund Texas County’s 911 to keep it as an enhanced 911.

If the tax had failed, nearly 26,000 Texas County residents would have been redirected to the Sheriff’s Office when they dial 911.

Other ballot issues for the night include the capital improvement sales tax increase for Nixa.

The tax was approved for the April ballot at the end of January. The half-cent sales tax increase is predicted to generate $7.7 million over the next 10 years to fund projects Nixa citizens have deemed important, according to a news release.

The tax needed a super-majority vote to pass, meaning it needed over 57 percent “yes” votes.

At the time of publication, 1735 voters, just 57 percent, voted to pass the tax. 43 percent, 1310 people voted “no” on the ballot. Because the vote was so close, it may be up for a recount.

The projects listed as important to Nixa citizens include:

•A new community park at Northview & Gregg Road

•Improvements to existing Rotary Park and addition of a skate park

•Improvements to the US 160 and Hwy 14 intersection (a cost-share with MoDOT)

•Sidewalk additions that would connect schools, parks, and neighborhoods

As it stands right now, the city of Nixa receives 1.5 percent of the sales tax collected. The rest goes to the state, Christian County, and 911.

The total increase would amount to 1 cent for every $2 spent or 50 cents on every $100 purchase.

Another Nixa tax passed with 69 percent “yes” votes. The $9,500,000 Nixa school bond issue passed with 2,992 votes. 28 percent, made up of 1,350 voters, voted “no” on the issue.

The bond will be used to pay for upgrades and improvements within the school district, including FEMA safe rooms.

The new FEMA rooms will hold 2,000 people each, bringing Nixa's available safe room capacity to 7,000 people.

Grant money from the federal government would take care of 75 percent of the cost for these new FEMA safe rooms.

School districts are responsible for the remaining 25 percent, which is the amount included in these bond issues.

At the time of publication, the votes for other ballot issues in our area are still pending. Follow the results on our election page.

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