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Special Road District has tax measure on ballot

Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 1:20 pm

election-buttonNext Tuesday, some Audrain County voters will have the opportunity to approve or disapprove a measure regarding the Common No. 1 Special Road District. This is the same measure voters see on the ballot every four to five years and mostly have approved the measure for many elections.
The vote is on a proposition asking voters if the county can levy a continuing additional tax rate of .35 cents per one hundred dollars assessed valuation for a period of four years.
The tax rate, if approved, would pay for costs such as gravel, fuel, equipment, maintenance, and labor for all roads in the district.
The district encompasses about 400 of the county’s 600 miles of road.
An example of the expense would be a $300,000 rock budget. The tax generates just $340,000.
Western Commissioner Tom Groves said the rest comes from general revenue. When the issue had a tied vote last April, only 204 of the more than 3,000 people living in the district voted on the issue.
Due to the low turnout, voting precincts have been consolidated for the special election vote.
Those normally voting in precincts at Laddonia, Martinsburg, Rush Hill, South Fork, and Community will cast their votes at Friendship Baptist Church in Mexico.
Those living on the west end of the county who vote in Thompson and at the 4-H Center will go to Hopewell Baptist Church in Thompson.
The final precinct at the Friendship Christian Church on the far west portion of the county will also be a voting location.
Those living near Centralia and still living in Audrain County will also vote on a bond issue for the Boone County Water District.