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Most Tax Proposals on the Ballot in Southwest Missouri are Approved

Greene County officials can move forward with plans for a jail expansion and/or renovation.  Preliminary results show 60 percent of voters who cast ballots Tuesday said yes to a ½ cent sales tax for general revenue.    Extra tax revenue will support treatment courts and community mental health initiatives in hopes of decreasing the influx of prisoners.

Matthew Taylor
Credit Megan Burke / KSMU
Matthew Taylor, 32, votes at Roundtree Elementary School on election day in Springfield on Nov. 7.

Other items to be funded with the tax include additional staff for the justice center, courts renovation and a community animal control facility.

In Springfield, continuation of the level property tax passed with 75 percent of the vote.  That money will fund new fire stations on the city’s west side and new public safety vehicles and equipment among other things.

A sales tax for public safety in Branson was approved Tuesday with 71 percent of voters saying yes.

A sales tax in Fordland gained approval as did a tax renewal for transportation in Lebanon.

In Battlefield, unofficial results show a local use tax failing by just four votes. 

Voter turnout in Greene County was 14 percent, according to the Greene County Clerk's Office.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.
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