CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Election day is less than a month away and Cape Girardeau city leaders hope voters will do their homework. They'll vote on three measures related to two big issues.
"It could be confusing for citizens if they aren't well informed," said Mayor Harry Rediger. "We're going to do everything we can in the next 30 days to get all the information out to the people so that they understand."
Because of Department of Natural Resources, and government regulations, Cape Girardeau has to build a new wastewater treatment plant. Two of the ballot measures involved how the city will finance the facility.
"We don't want to have to have the people pay more but it's just a necessary thing," said Rediger. "It's a must."
No matter what you vote, bills will go up. "We're telling people vote yes for less," said Rediger. "It will save voters money."
Voters will be asked to approve a 20 year extension of a quarter cent sales tax.
In a separate measure, they will be asked to vote yes or no on a $72 million bond that will pay for the new plant. City Officials say voting yes is the most economical plan.
Several years ago, the city originally wanted to renovate and expand the existing plant. But, several sinkholes in the area put a stop to that plan.
Rediger says the current average bill is about $13. With the new plant, bill should be around $25.
Also before voters: Should Cape Girardeau adopt an ordinance prohibiting smoking in indoor work places and public places? This includes places like bars, restaurants, and private clubs.
April 5th is election day in both Missouri and Illinois. In Missouri it is called municipal election day and in Illinois it is called consolidated election day.