Voters Decide Issues for Schools, Fire Protection and Parks

Nov 5, 2014

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Voters in Newton and Jasper Counties approved a $16.5 million bond issue for Carl Junction Schools.  The district plans to build a classroom for early childhood to first grade, a multi-purpose cafeteria and kitchen for second through sixth grade and a multi-purpose facility for seventh through 12th grades.  Two of those facilities will serve as tornado safe rooms for the school and the community. 

The district’s current debt levy will go up ten cents to 99 cents.  Property taxes on a $100,000 home will increase $19 a year. 

Another Newton County ballot issue that passed Tuesday expands the scope of Neosho’s five percent gross tax receipts to apply to all light and power companies providing service.

Voters in the village of Stella said yes to a question concerning the combined sale of local waterworks and sewage system revenue bonds to pay for improvements.

A $2.5 million general obligation bond for the Nixa Fire Protection District gained voter approval.  The district plans to build a staffed fire station in its northwest section and purchase a new ladder truck.

An issue on the ballot that would have allowed the city of Highlandville to levy a tax on real and personal property of no more than 40 cents per $100 assessed valuation was soundly defeated.

Sparta voters approved a tax increase for their fire district.

In Webster County a half of one percent sales tax in Mansfield gained approval.  The money will be used for local parks.

But in Rockaway Beach voters turned down a ¼ of one percent sales tax for parks.