Despite receiving a majority of the vote, the Warrenton Fire Protection District’s request for a $10 million bond did not meet the necessary threshold, according to unofficial election …
Despite receiving a majority of the vote, the Warrenton Fire Protection District’s request for a $10 million bond did not meet the necessary threshold, according to unofficial election results.
The bond, labeled “Proposition Fire Safety,” requested approval of a $10 million bond issue to pay for upkeep of facilities, replacement of aging vehicles and equipment and consolidating existing debt. Over 2,100 votes were cast. The measure received 1,142 votes in favor of the bond, good for over 52% of the vote. The measure received 1,044 votes in opposition, over 47% of the total vote.
Due to the nature of the bond as a general obligation bond, the measure needed 57.14% to pass.
Of the five other tax and bond proposals, four measures passed. The Warren County and city of Warrenton marijuana sales tax measures both passed. The county sales tax proposal passed with nearly 60% of the vote. Of the 3,650 votes cast for the county sales tax proposal, 2,185 voted in favor of the measure. The city of Warrenton marijuana sales tax proposition passed with over 64% of the vote. Of the 926 votes cast for the proposition, 593 votes were cast in favor of the sales tax. Both measures authorize the entities to impose a 3% sales tax on recreational marijuana.
The Warrenton water and sewer bond proposal also was approved by voters. The measure received over 75% of the vote in favor of the bond. The $13 million bond issue will be used primarily for building a new water tower and expanding Warrenton’s sewer treatment facility. There will be no tax increase associated with the bond. Warrenton pays for its water and sewer bonds by increasing billing rates for the residents and businesses who use those services.
The Wright City general sales tax increase also passed, with over 58% of 462 votes in favor of the measure. The approval will lead to a 1% increase to Wright City’s sales tax.
The Village of Innsbrook’s proposal for an online sales tax was rejected, with only 28 out of 105 votes in favor of the measure. The measure would have applied the village’s sales tax to items purchased over the internet.
Three Wright City R-II school board candidates were separated by 30 votes in the race for the final school board seat. Incumbent Heidi Box Halleman held off challengers Monica Heppermann and Frank Zykan for the final school board seat. Box Halleman defeated Heppermann by 28 votes and Zykan by 30 votes. Beth Dean and Kyle Lewis each had over 100 votes more than the other three candidates.
Incumbents Rich Barton and Franci Schwartz were reelected to terms on the Warren County R-III school board. Barton led the race with 1,528 votes. Schwartz finished second with 1,352 votes. Carolyn Spraggs beat out Keith Harbison for the final seat on the board. Spraggs finished with 1,159 votes, 118 votes more than Harbison.
At the city level, Don Andrews will retain his seat on the Wright City board of aldermen. He will hold his Ward 1 seat after garnering over 81% of the vote. He defeated challenger Susan Traylor by well over 100 votes. Roger Romaker won the two-person race for the Ward 3 seat in Warrenton. He defeated incumbent Jeff Jaspering by 48 votes.
The closest race of the day was for the Truesdale alderman seat. Jerry Cannon easily earned election to the board with 98 votes, over 60 votes more than any other candidate. Kari Hartley narrowly defeated Christine Hedding by three votes for the second open seat on the board. Hartley received 34 votes, while Hedding received 31 votes. Rhonda Colombo received 20 votes.
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