Bi-county voters generally followed statewide trends in voting for issues on yesterday's ballot.
The most hotly contested issue was Proposition B, regulating dog breeding operations. Proposition B passed with 51 percent of the vote statewide thanks to concentrated support in the Kansas City and St. Louis metropolitan areas. Bi-county voters followed the general trend in southwest Missouri in strongly opposing the measure.
Barry County voters opposed Proposition B by 77 percent. Lawrence Countians were 75 percent opposed.
Monettans voted against Proposition B by a margin of 2,120 to 621 or 77 percent opposed. Voters in Wheaton and Washburn voted almost 90 percent against the measure.
In Lawrence County, Pierce City voters opposed Proposition B 580 to 168 or 78 percent. Verona area voters defeated Proposition B 422 to 87 or 83 percent.
Proposition A, which repeals the authority to establish and maintain an earnings tax in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas, carried statewide with 69 percent of the vote, winning in almost every county.
Proposition A had 80 percent of the Barry County vote and 78 percent of the Lawrence County vote.
In Monett, voters backed Proposition A 1,774 to 590, giving the measure 80 percent support. The biggest margin of support in Barry County was in Golden with 86 percent. In Lawrence County, both Pierce City and Verona area voters backed the measure by 77 percent.
Amendment 1, making the office of county assessor an elected office throughout the state except in Jackson County, won easily with 74 percent of the statewide vote.
In Barry County, Amendment A carried with 77 percent support. Lawrence County voters gave the measure a 74 percent margin.
Amendment 2, offering tax breaks to former prisoners of war and veterans on total disability, carried statewide by a two-to-one margin. Local voters expressed similar sentiments.
Amendment 2 had 69 percent support in Barry County and 64 percent in Lawrence County. Monett voters gave the measure 66 percent support, 1,550-800. The biggest margin in the county was 76 percent cast in Seligman.
Lawrence County support fell in the range of Monett voters. Pierce City voters backed the measure with 65 percent. Verona gave it a 62 percent margin. Mt. Vernon, where a veterans home raises awareness of veterans issues, backed the measure by 65 percent.
Amendment 3, placing limits on any new taxes being added to real estate transactions, carried in every county in the state. Almost 84 percent of voters backed the measure.
Barry County voters supported Amendment 3 with 90 percent of the votes. Lawrence County voters gave 88 percent backing.