August Election 2015

Brad Cole

A recount of nearly 10,000 ballots has confirmed Brad Cole as the winner of the election for Christian County sheriff.  

It took approximately 4.5 hours Tuesday to review the ballots from three weeks prior. 28 election judges split time to complete the recount.   

Cole’s vote total stayed the same at 3,275, according to Christian County Clerk Kay Brown. His challenger and the one who called for the recount, Ralph Phillips, did pick up one vote to net 3,272, but that still fell short.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

It appears at least one recount may take place in Christian County following several close election results on Tuesday. 

Brad Cole edged out Ralph Phillips for county sheriff by just four votes, according to unofficial totals. The count was 3,275 to 3,271, for 33 percent of the vote apiece. Fellow candidates Keith Mills and Ken Lovell received 23 and 11 percent of the vote, respectively.

Phillips, in a posting to his campaign Facebook page, declared that he is not out of it yet.

A ballot issue in Lawrence County tomorrow (8/4) would impose a half-cent sales tax for storm water controls and local parks in the city of Aurora.

The city currently has a property tax levy increase for parks that brings in around $99,000 annually, according to city manager, Mike Randall.  The city has had to supplement the park’s budget by about $150,000 each year out of the general fund.  He said the passage of the sales tax next week would eliminate  the property tax and hopefully would eliminate the need for money to come out the general fund for parks and storm control.

Logan-Rogersville FPD

The Logan-Rogersville Fire Protection District will ask voters next week to increase the property tax levy to pay for things it believes will improve its services.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

Proposition One on the August 4th Greene County ballot asks voters in the Logan-Rogersville Fir e Protection District to approve a 25 cent property tax increase, bringing the current tax levy from 35 cents to 62 cents per $100 assessed property value.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

Nixa voters will decide next week if the city’s sales tax should be increased for parks and recreation.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

Nixa voters will decide next week if the city’s sale tax should be increased for parks and recreation.  According to Nixa Parks director, Matt Crouse, the 3/8-cent tax would provide money for operations, maintenance, upkeep and development of new parks in Nixa.