Don't Overlook Voting

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.
Polls will open Tuesday at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.