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Voters overwhelmingly support R-1 bond issue

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Monett School Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann, at left, and School Board President David Beckett, at right, looked over projections needed to carry the bond issue in yesterday's election while waiting for results last night at the Lawrence County Courthouse. The R-1 bond issue passed with overwhelmingly support from voters. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
Voters supported every money issue in the Tuesday municipal and school elections, though only one of two school bonds had enough support to win passage.

Patrons in the Monett R-1 District got solidly behind the $4.5 million no-tax-increase bond issue to renovate and add to the Monett Elementary School campus. The $7 million-plus proposition had 86 percent of voters backing the measure.

"Proposition CUBS" (Citizens United for Better Schools) received 962 yes votes (532 Barry County, 430 Lawrence County), compared to 151 against (87 Barry, 64 Lawrence). A 57 percent margin was needed to win.

"Obviously we are extremely excited about the results," said Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann. "The Monett community has once against stepped up to plate when the need is identified. I think the board put together a tremendous plan and communicated it effectively. They garnered the support of the community in order to get this fabulous result.

"The Board of Education and I really appreciate all the hard work by the election committee and those who got out the 'yes' vote in support of our kids," Jungmann added.

Pierce City school bond

Voters in the Pierce City R-6 District saw a $3.9 million bond issue bearing a hefty tax increase go down to defeat of the third time. The bond issue would have funded construction of a new middle school and a $700,000 new vocational agriculture building.

The bond issue earned the support of 51 percent of voters, the exact same margin it received in November 2009, but short of the 57 percent support needed for passage. The proposal received 555 votes in favor (391 Lawrence, 74 Barry, 107 Newton County), and 528 votes against (402 Lawrence, 37 Barry, 89 Newton).

Pierce City sales taxes

All three sales taxes proposed to resolve Pierce City's current economic shortfall received wide support. A half-cent sales tax for the general fund, expected to generate around $38,500 a year, passed 190 to 130.

A quarter-cent sales tax to fund the fire department was approved by a 213 to 110 margin. A second quarter-cent tax to support local parks passed 186 to 136.

A simple majority was needed for passage of each.

Seligman park tax

Seligman voters narrowly approved a one-quarter-cent parks tax that will pay for maintenance and improvements. The issue received 33 "yes" votes and 30 "no" votes.

Overall, only 12.24 percent of Barry County voters turned out for the April 7 election.

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