Don't Overlook Voting
By: Mike Shain
Tuesday is an election day for a few southeast Missouri residents. There are issues on ballots in Butler, New Madrid, Sainte Genevieve and Stoddard Counties.
Public Water District 4 in New Madrid seeks voter approval of a $1,000,000 dollar bond issue for improvements to the system. The town of Lilbourn has a sewer and water system improvement on the ballot. Marston proposes four year terms, instead of the present two, for the mayor and aldermen.
Voters in New Madrid city will elect a municipal judge to fill a vacancy. No candidates filed so the winner will be selected by write in. Attorney Amy Preyer is now serving by appointment and has indicated she is a candidate. The position will become appointive next spring. It must be filled by a lawyer.
Dexter proposes a sales tax increase and bonds to pay for a police station and jail. The proposed sales tax increase is one eighth of a percent (1/8). The amount of the bonds is $4,000,000.
Public Water Supply District 1 in Stoddard County proposes bonds of $2,000,000 for expanding the water system.
St. Mary has an $850,000 bond plan on the ballot for water and sewer improvements. In Butler County, Pike Creek Sewer District asks voters to approve $5,000,000 in bonds to acquired and build a sewerage system.
All issues on the ballot require a simple majority for approval.