Republic sales tax defeated by voters, Bois D’Arc tax levy passes

Republic’s Question One, a one-cent sales tax that would have paid for, among other things, hiring 10 new firefighters and nine new police officers and a new city hall, was defeated, 43-57 percent, during the April 2 election.
After the election results were announced, the city posted a Facebook message thanking those who voted in the election, but also stating the need for funding will still have to be addressed.
“While the Question One sales tax measure did not pass, the need for funding does not go away,” the message stated. “We are still 10 firefighters and 9 police officers short; the public safety officers we do have are still under-compensated compared to neighboring communities; many of our biggest intersections and streets remain congested and will only get busier, and our 130-year-old city hall complex remains inadequate for our growing population and the services we provide our citizens. Going forward, we will be tasked with finding other ways to pay for these needs. It’ll be a challenging discussion you’ll be hearing much more about in the coming weeks and months.”
The posting also thanked voters for remaining polite and civil during the election.
“There were strong opinions on both sides of the debate,” the message stated. “But, the residents of our great community remained civil and politely agreed to disagree. Overall, there was no division. We all remain friends, family, and neighbors and look forward to, as our city slogan states, growing together.”
In Republic races, challenger Gerry Pool defeated incumbent Meagen Duran by one vote, 132-131, to represent Ward Two on the city council. In the Ward Three race, incumbents John Jones and Matt Russell were re-elected, defeating challengers Christopher Updike and Chet Pearman. In the Republic R-II School Board race, incumbent Rusty Swift and challenger Travis Edwards were chosen by voters to sit on the board. Challenger Sam Hayes came in a close third place.
Ash Grove
In the Ash Grove Board of Aldermen Ward One race, incumbent Bill Wagner was re-elected for another term to the board of aldermen, defeating challengers Jan Lehmkuhl and Dan Downing. Meanwhile, in the Ash Grove R-IV School Board race, incumbent Jeana Loraine Scroggins and challenger Michael Gray were selected by voters to sit on the board. Challenger Jimmy Wheeler came in a close third.
Bois D’Arc
In Bois D’Arc, voters approved a 12-cent property tax levy to help pay for new fire trucks and a new fire station. It is the first tax increase for the fire protection district since 2000.
In a Facebook post, the Bois D’Arc Fire Protection District thanked voters for their support.
“The community support for our district is both humbling and appreciated, and each taxpayer can rest assured that the District Board continue to be good stewards with your tax dollars,” the message stated.
Willard
In the Willard R-II School Board race, incumbents Dr. Janell Royal and Kip Baker were re-elected by voters to a three-year term on the board, defeating challenger Douglas Wayne Patillo. Incumbent Jennifer Fickbohm was re-elected to a two-year term, defeating challenger James Berry.
In Greene County, 30,148 people, or 17.28-percent of the eligible voters, cast ballots during the election.
A complete listing of the election results can be found in this issue of the Greene County Commonwealth.

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