Both Barry County sales tax issues fail

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

On Tuesday, Barry Countians voted against a pair of sales taxes designed to support county law enforcement and emergency services. Less than 21 percent of the county's registered voters visited area polls on Nov. 8.

The 3/16th of a cent law enforcement sales tax, which was placed on the special election ballot by the Barry County Commission, received a total of 1,983 "yes" votes and 2,201 "no" votes, which means 52.61 percent of voters opposed the tax.

The one-eighth of a cent emergency services sales tax, which was placed on the ballot by the Barry County E-911 Emergency Services Board, fared about the same. The issue received 1,988 "yes" votes and 2,194 "no" votes. The sales tax was opposed by 52.46 percent of voters.

The Monett jurisdiction overwhelmingly voted against both issues. Of the 281 residents who participated in the election, 78.65 percent voted against the county issue and 81.49 percent voted against the 911 issue.

Monett voters were not alone in their opposition of the county sales taxes though. Voters living in 12 of the county's 18 jurisdictions voted against both issues. Only voters who live in the City of Cassville, Crane Creek, Golden, Ozark, Roaring River and Shell Knob supported the taxes. Over 55 percent of absentee voters also supported both issues.

The law enforcement tax was expected to generate about $650,000 in additional revenue for the county. The county commission had indicated that the money would be used to provide additional funding for the prosecuting attorney's office and the sheriff's department.

The one-eighth of a cent emergency services sales tax was projected to produce $425,000 to $450,000 a year, which would have given the Barry County Emergency Services Board an annual budget of around $1.3 million to operate the Barry County E-911 Center.

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  • It's too bad only 21% of the voters thought these issues were worthy of their attention. It looks like 11% of the voters made the decision for 100% of the population. That's the problem with a Democracy. Wish we had our Constitution and Republic back.

    -- Posted by jwrii on Sun, Nov 13, 2011, at 3:02 PM
  • It's a shame when 11 percent of the registered voters decide what will happen to the rest of the county. monett came out opposed to the issue but they don't understand that so much of the money spent in Monett come from outside of the city limits. If people from outside the city would spend their money at the cassville walmart or at grocery stores outside the city of monett, they might get the idea. But, when people have a need for a deputy or an ambulance and it takes longer now to respond, just remember why. And when criminals from monett get released because the county jail doesn't have money to hold them, remember why. When the dastardly killers of Rowan Ford are allowed toplead to life in prison and the death penalty is taken off the table, remember why... I could go on...

    -- Posted by evenson55 on Sun, Nov 13, 2011, at 8:41 PM
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