The Reporter covers Miller, Morgan and Camden County in Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks and is published once per week on Wednesdays.
Published March 29, 2023
Pot tax on the ballot for Morgan County
MORGAN COUNTY – Like Camden and Miller Counties, Morgan County will also be asking voters to approve a three percent tax on the sale of recreational marijuana on the April 4 ballot.
If approved by voters it will apply to all recreational pot sales in the county. This tax does will not apply to medial pot sales, just recreational sales.
The Morgan County Health Center is seeking a trustee for a four-year term from four names on the ballot.
Morgan County R-II School District
The district is looking for three members for the Board of Education from seven on the ballot.
Moniteau County R-V (Latham) School District
Residents residing in this school district will get to choose three directors for the Board of Education but only two names are on the ballot: Amanda Bolinger and Sarah Bolinger.
Tipton R-VI School District
The district is also looking for three directors for the Board of Education for three-year terms with five names on the ballot to choose from.
In addition, voters will say yes or no to the district issuing General Obligation Bonds for $2,500,000 for:
The ballot question also states that if these bonds are approved, the adjusted debt service levy ($1.08 per $100 of assessed valuation of real and personal property) will remain unchanged.
Smithton R-V School District
This district is also seeking three people to serve on the Board of Education. Four names are on the ballot for voters to choose from.
Eldon R-I School District
The school district wants voters to approve the district 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.”
Otterville R-VI School District
Four names are on the ballot to fill three seats on the Board of Education.
Camdenton R-III School District
Three people are also needed for the school board from five names on the ballot:
School of the Osage
Three directors are needed for the Board of Education and six names will be on the ballot:
The Barnett Special Road District and the Gravois Special Road District are seeking commissioners but no names are on the ballot for either district so a write-in will be needed.
City of Barnett
On the ballot for Alderman is:
City of Laurie
Running for offices are Hugh Smith for Mayor, Pamela Folker for Ward 1 Alderman and Gary Sundstrom for Ward 2.
In addition, three questions will be on the ballot for Laurie voters. One is the pot tax, one is to enact a use tax and the other is Bonds for the sewer system.
Use Tax: “Shall the City of Laurie impose a local use tax at the same rate as the local sales tax rate of 2 percent (2%) 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 other question is:
“Shall the City of Laurie, Missouri, issue its sewerage system revenue bonds in the amount of $3,000,000 for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, extending and improving the City’s sewerage system including acquiring land and rights of way, the cost of operating and maintenance of said sewerage system and the principal of and interest on said revenue bonds to be payable solely from the revenues derived by the City from operating of its sewerage system, including all future extensions and improvements thereto?”
City of Stover
Derick Marshall is the only name on the ballot for Mayor.
Two people are needed for Alderman At Large and two names will be on the ballot: Jason R. Mosher and William Black III
City of Syracuse
The city is also seeking voters to approve a three percent tax on the sale of recreational pot. This will be in addition to the county pot tax.
Two names are needed for Alderman and two names are on the ballot: Chad Pace and Kyle Moberly.
City of Versailles
Versailles is looking to voters to approve a use tax on out of state internet sales (at the same rate as the local sale tax rate) to be used for transportation needs (streets, sidewalks, trails).
Town of Gravois Mills
Two people are needed to fill two positions of Trustee for two-year terms. Two names are on the ballot: John E. Brooks and William Shuck.
Village of Sunrise Beach
Three names are needed out of five on the ballot for the two-year term of Trustee:
The Village is also seeking to implement a sales tax on recreation pot of three percent.
If the county tax and the Village’s tax are approved, any recreational pot sold in the Village limits will be taxed at six percent in addition to any state sales tax.
The election will take place on Tuesday April 4.
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