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Published March 22, 2023
Pot tax also on the ballot for Miller County
MILLER COUNTY – Along with choosing local leaders, taxes are also on the Miller County ballot including a pot tax.
Miller County will be asking voters to approve a tax on the sale of recreational pot. The question before voters is:
“Shall Miller County, Missouri impose a countywide sales tax of three percent (3%) on all tangible, personal property retail sales of adult use marijuana sold in Miller County, Missouri?”
The names of the candidates below are listed as they will appear on the ballot.
Miller County Health Center
The Miller County Health Center is looking for three names from five on the ballot for Trustee.
St. Elizabeth R-IV School District
The district is also seeking three names to serve as directors of the Board of Education for three-year terms. The choices on the ballot are:
School of the Osage
Three directors are needed for the Board of Education and six names will be on the ballot:
Miller County R-III School District
Three names are also needed for Directors of the Board of Education (three-year terms).
Iberia R-V School District
Seven names are on the ballot to fill three positions on the Board of Education.
Eldon R-I School District
The school district wants voters to approve them borrowing $5 million dollars. The question presented to voters is:
“Shall the Board of Education of the Eldon R-I School District, Missouri, without an estimated increase in the current debt service property tax levy, borrow money in the amount of Five Million Dollars ($5,000,000) for the purpose of providing funds for the site development, construction, equipping, and furnishing of eight standard classrooms at the Upper Elementary School as well as six standard classrooms at the South Elementary School; to the extent funds are available, complete other repairs and improvements to the existing facilities of the District; and issue general obligation bonds for the payment thereof? If this proposition is approved, the adjusted debt service levy of the School District is estimated to remain unchanged at $0.5754 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation of real and personal property.”
Cole County R-V School District
Miller County Residents residing in the Cole County School District will get to choose four people as school board leaders, three for three year terms and one for an unexpired one-year term.
Three names are needed from three on the ballot for the three-year terms.
One-year unexpired term
Osage County R-III School District
Those residing in this school district will also choose three directors for the Board of Education.
Also on the ballot will be a sizeable tax increase for Osage County School residents. The question on the ballot says:
“Shall the Board of Education of the Osage County R-III School District, Missouri, be authorized to increase the operating tax levy by $0.6500 to $4.0918 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation in order to provide funds for the construction, equipping, and furnishing of a new high school; demolition of a portion of the existing elementary school with those classrooms relocated to the new high school; to complete other repairs and improvements to the existing facilities of the District; and to meet the additional operating needs of the District?
“(If this proposition is approved, the adjusted operating tax levy of the District is estimated to increase by $0.6500 from $3.4418, currently, to $4.0918 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation and can be applied to the assessed valuation in Tax Year 2023 and each year thereafter.)”
Cole County Fire Protection District
Those in the Cole County Fire Protection District will choose two names for the Board of Directors with each serving a six-year term.
Brumley Fire Protection District
The Brumley Fire Protection District is also seeking approval from voters to raise taxes. Voters will have this question in front of them on the ballot:
“PROPOSITION B: CONTINUED OPERATIONAL SUPPORT: Shall the board of directors of the Brumley Fire Protection District be authorized to levy an additional tax of not more than thirty cents on the one hundred dollars of assessed valuation to provide funds for the continued operational support of the district?”
City of Bagnell
The city is looking to fill leadership positions with only one name on the ballot for each of the positions.
City of Osage Beach
One name is on the ballot for Alderman Ward 1, John Robert “Bob” O’Steen.
In addition, the pot tax for the city will also be on the ballot for voters in the city limits.
City of Lake Ozark
Alderman Ward I
Alderman Ward II
Alderman Ward III
City of Eldon
Alderman First Ward
Alderman Second Ward
No names are on the ballot for Aldermen Third Wards so a write-in candidate is needed.
City of Iberia
The city is also asking voters to approve a use tax with the following question:
“Shall the City of Iberia, Missouri impose a local use tax at the same rate as the total local sales tax rate, provided that if the local sales tax rate is reduced or raised by voter approval, the local use tax rate shall also be reduced or raised by the same action?”
The election will take place on Tuesday April 4.
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