NIXA, Mo.–Christian County library staff are doing damage control after false information has been spread about their library tax proposal. With the election a month away, they want to dispel the rumors.
Some Nixa residents are opening their mailboxes and receiving flyers misinforming them about the upcoming Christian County library tax.
Not only is it illegal for someone to place flyers in people’s mailboxes, but library staff says the information is incorrect.
Joey Mills with the Hometown Library Committee says, “The numbers quoted are off by a factor of 10,000. The current library tax rate is not 8.87%, it is .000887 it’s not going to 20% tax rate, it’s going to .002 tax rate.
The fliers were put in nearly a dozen mailboxes and to break down the correct numbers, the current library tax rate is 8.87 cents per $100 in assessed value. If the tax proposal passes, the rate would raise to 20 cents per $100 in assessed value. In other words, if your property value is $20,000, you’d pay $40 a year in taxes to the library- a difference of $22.26. So what kind of impact does the false information have on voters?
“One person sent me their flyer and likened it to a hit and run crash where the other party is at fault, They didn’t have insurance and left. We don’t know who’s responsible for these. The damage is done,” says Mills.
According to United States Postal Inspector, Paul Shade, this is considered a crime.
“It is a revenue fraud situation. Everything has to have had postage and gone through the mail stream to be placed within the mailbox. If they can identify who the person is who is placing these in based on a political mailing or something like that then they can be fined and charged,” says Shade.
For now, only time will tell what kind of affect the false fliers will have on the election.
“You just hope that at some point you know people realize that if this is something that they see and it draws their attention, they should investigate more, find out more about whether or not this is an accurate portrayal,” says Mills.
Christian County residents will have the chance to vote on the library tax on August 8th.
This tax would go toward building more libraries in Christian County.
Christian County Library staff says it would put a library within five miles of 80% of county residents.
It would also go toward expanding the current 46 year old Ozark Library and it would add around 18 full time and 41 part time jobs.