Voters Across Missouri Go to Polls Tuesday

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — It’s election day in Missouri, and while there are no statewide issues on the ballot Tuesday, every county in the state will have races or issues to decide in the April General Municipal Election.

Many towns and cities will elect mayors, aldermen or councilmen to office.  A number of school districts have bonds or levies up for a vote. Some fire districts are seeking levy increases, and sewer or road bonds dot other ballots.  Polls open at 6:00 a.m.

You can find complete election results, after the polls close at 7:00 p.m. by clicking here.  

In southwest Missouri, among the issues to watch are two levies proposed in nine counties for Ozarks Technical Community College.  OTC is asking to extend its current 5-cent levy, and for approval for a second 5-cent levy to pay for a new job training center.

The money would also be used to establish the Center for Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Technology at OTC.  A portion of the increase would also be used for the expansion of OTC’s Richwood Valley Campus.

OTC Chancellor Hal Higdon says the cost to homeowners on their property tax each year would be about $10 a year if both levies passed.  The additional levy is expected to generate an estimated $3.3 million a year.

Also Tuesday, voters in Reeds Spring will choose two people from among seven candidates, to sit on the school board.   The new board has a major task ahead: choosing a new superintendent to replace the controversial Michael Mason, who announced he’s retiring next summer.  

Mason was accused of sexual harassment against a former employee. This resulted in a $500,000 settlement between the district and the plaintiff — a former principal at the district.   

District Spokesperson Ben Fisher has said he hopes the new board will select a new superintendent by the end of 2018. 

And in Benton County, Missouri, Sheriff Eric Knox is asking for a half-cent sales tax to build a new $10 million county jail.

Knox says the jail can only currently house 24 inmates, and there are tight restrictions on the number of women inmates.  He also has no current way to house violent offenders.   The building housing the jail in Warsaw was constructed in 1856 and converted to a jail in 1912.

“We have a small underfunded sheriff’s office, but we have big city crime here,” said Knox.

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