Joplin Votes on Bond to Repair, Replace Schools
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- Voters in Joplin were heading to the polls Tuesday to decide on a $62 million bond issue to rebuild or replace 10 public schools damaged or destroyed in last May's tornado.
Jasper County Clerk Bonnie Earl expected turnout of about 20 percent in the city.
But while voters may have made up their minds on the bond issue, there was confusion for some on just where they needed to go to cast ballots.
The Joplin Globe reports that the massive displacement caused by the tornado's devastation of neighborhoods left some voters uncertain of their precincts or polling places. Some had to be directed to other sites.
The bond issue needed 57 percent approval to pass. Officials said it would add $65 to the annual school property tax on a $100,000 home.