Voters across the area headed to the polls today to decide several key issues, especially local use taxes. Our election coverage tonight begins in Jasper County. Residents had to decide if county leaders could impose a near 9/10 of a percent sales tax on out-of-state purchases valued at more than $2,000. Tonight, voters turned down the tax with 2,832 no votes.
In the City of Joplin, voters decided if city leaders should impose a sales tax of 2 and 5/8% applied to out-of-state purchases of more than $2,000. Tonight, voters deny the measure with 1215 no votes.
In Carthage, voters also weighing in on a use tax. It would allow voters to impose a sales tax of 2.4% on out-of-state purchases of more than $2,000. Voters said no to the measure, with 268 no votes.
Webb City voters also deciding a use tax today. This would be a sales tax rate of 2.5% on out-of-state purchases of more than $2,000. Webb city voters said no to the measure with 230 against it.
In Carl Junction, voters weighed in on a 2.5% sales tax on out of state purchases of more than $2,000. This measure fails with 234 no votes.
Moving to the City of Alba, a use tax with a 2.5% sales tax on out-of-state purchases of $2,000 more. Voters turned down the proposal with 13 no votes.
In Oronogo, voters deny a 1.5% sales tax on out-of-state purchases of more than $2,000. The measure received 89 no votes.
Voters in Airport Driver also headed to the polls today for a use tax. The measure was denied with 34 no votes.
Voters in Newton County made the decision for the Newton County Sheltered Workshop. This would allow county leaders to impose a 6 cent property tax levy in support of services for the developmentally disabled and handicapped at the Crowder Industries Workshop. This issue passes tonight with 1,711 yes votes.
For the City of Wheaton, voters asked to create a fire protection district for the city supported by a property tax levy of up to 30 cents. The measure passes this evening with 118 yes votes.
Moving to McDonald County, the City of Noel, proposition number one. This will allow city leaders to set a 65 cent tax levy on $100 valuation. This proposal fails this evening with 97 no votes.
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