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Cape Girardeau Co. use tax passes by 9 votes

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

The Cape Girardeau County use tax has officially passed.

According to Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers, the clearly marked votes were ran through a machine and any votes that were not clear, they counted by hand.

The new numbers are:

  • Yes - 3,545
  • No - 3,536

The use tax passed by nine votes.

It was requested there by a recount for the closely-contested use tax that was on the ballot on April 7.

The court was petitioned on April 13 by a registered voter in Cape Girardeau County.

According to Paul Koeper, Cape Girardeau County commissioner, the Department of Revenue will start collecting money at some point this summer. The money will go toward capital improvements, including a courthouse facility.

He said a rough number of the money collected is expected to be around $1 million a year.

The new courtroom facility is at the top of the list of improvements. Koeper said it could be a $20 million project.

The current location to build is the north side of the existing jail in Jackson, Mo.

Koeper said they won't have to transport inmates a long distance, keep inmates close, etc.

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