Voters mixed on money issues

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Cassville, Southwest bond issues pass

Barry County voters generally supported money issues placed on the Tuesday ballot, however, one local tax issue fell short of approval.

Cassville school district

The $4 million bond issue sought by the Cassville school district to build an early childhood center and other improvements found a receptive audience at the polls. Voters passed the measure 644-218, with 75 percent in favor.

The no-tax-increase bond issue, promoted as Vision 150, will also cover construction of an Innovation and Learning Academy for the early childhood and preschool programs; provide handicapped accessible playground equipment; upgrade roofs, windows, doors, electrical systems and security measures; and begin construction of a transportation facility. Superintendent Richard Asbill said the next effort will focus on renovating classrooms in the "vintage wing" of the middle school. He hoped to have first and second-grade classrooms renovated by the time school starts in August.

Southwest school district

Voters smiled on a $2.2 million no-tax-increase bond issue for the Southwest school district. The proposal passed 384 (355 Barry, 29 McDonald) to 113 (110 Barry, 3 McDonald), giving it a 77 percent majority in favor.

School officials plan to use funds to make general renovations, including upgrading the entrances for security at the lower elementary and middle schools, upgrading to energy efficient doors and windows in the elementary school, upgrading the electrical system, replacing flooring, renovating the air conditioning system and fire suppression sprinkler system, remodeling of the elementary counselor's office and bathrooms in the elementary and middle schools.

Village of Chain-O-Lakes

Village residents in Chain-O-Lakes approved two property tax measures to substitute for the longstanding charge per lot that has provided most of the village's revenue.

Two tax measures found approval. A property tax assessing 50 cents per every $100 of assessed real estate property, excluding personal property, passed 27-9, with 75 percent support. An additional 30-cent property tax per $100 of real estate property, again excluding personal property tax, passed 26-8. The second tax will have a four-year sunset.

Village Clerk Diana Digiandomenico said the two property taxes will generate less revenue than the lot fee, not collected this year, making it necessary for village leaders to reduce spending.

Village of Emerald Beach

Emerald Beach voters voted down a 50-cent per $100 property tax that would have been imposed on both real estate and personal property to support general village operations. That measure lost 29-66, with 69 percent opposed.

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