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E-911 sales tax passes by wide margin

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A steady stream of voters came to Monett's Barry County polling place at the City Park Casino yesterday. Sarah Woodard placed her ballot in the automatic counter in the final hour. Looking on are election judges Brian Martin, Janice Anderson, Melvin Casper and Betty Brandt. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
On Tuesday, Barry Countians overwhelmingly approved a one-eighth of a cent emergency services sales tax by an almost two-to-one margin. Over 27 percent of county voters turned out for the election, which also served as the presidential primary.

The sales tax, which was placed back on the ballot by the Barry County E-911 Emergency Services Board after it failed in November of 2011, was approved by 64.69 percent of voters. The issue received 3,272 "yes" votes and 1,786 "no" votes.

The emergency services sales tax won the majority of the vote in 13 of the 17 precincts. In the first try to pass the measure in November 2011, only six precincts favored the proposal.

Supporters counted on a higher voter turnout to shift the tide on an issue that lost by only 200 votes in its first attempt. The vote count rose this time by 876 ballots.

In Monett, where the measure had only 19 percent support in November 2011, the measure still faced stiff opposition with a 146-289 vote against the proposal. This time supporters rallied for 34 percent of the total.

The measure had its strongest support in Shell Knob with 83 percent, in Golden with 81 percent, in Roaring River with 78 percent, in Cassville City with 75 percent and in Wheaton with 71 percent. Purdy/McDowell voters, who only gave the measure 40 percent support in November 2011, backed the measure the second time by almost two to one.

Only the Ash, Capps Creek and Kings Prairie precincts joined Monett in opposing the issue.

The sales tax is projected to produce $425,000 to $450,000 a year, which will give the emergency services board an annual budget of around $1.3 million to operate the Barry County E-911 Center.

Precinct voting totals for the E-911 issue were as follows: Ash, 48, yes, 62, no; Butterfield/McDonald, 124, yes, 71, no; Capps Creek, 31, yes, 39, no; Cassville City, 378, yes, 124, no; Cassville Rural/Mineral, 354, yes, 195, no; Crane Creek, 45, yes, 35, no; Exeter, 148, yes, 125, no; Golden, 226, yes, 53, no; Jenkins, 59, yes, 56, no; Kings Prairie/Pleasant Ridge, 78, yes, 83, no; Monett, 146, yes, 289, no; Ozark, 74, yes, 46, no; Purdy/McDowell, 218, yes, and 126, no; Roaring River, 195, yes, and 54, no; Seligman, 97, yes, and 68, no; Shell Knob, 596, yes, and 125, no; Washburn, 116, yes, and 80, no; Wheaton, 213, yes, and 85, no; and absentee, 126, yes, and 70, no.

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I guess those that wondered why they put it back on the ballot after it was defeated now understand.

-- Posted by Blankman on Wed, Feb 8, 2012, at 4:52 PM

I certainly don't understand. I understand we were "threatened". I understand we were told ridiculous little things like that the 911 "saves lives daily". I don't remember people dying DAILY when we just called the police or ambulance instead of dialing 911!! Also...we can only assume that we will get to vote agaoin on it in two more months. They said after the first time, people just didn'y 'understand'. Maybe it was THIS time that people really didn't understand.

-- Posted by common-tater on Wed, Feb 8, 2012, at 7:32 PM

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