Posted: Jul 22, 2014 6:29 PM by Jordan Locke, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Jul 23, 2014 2:21 PM
COLUMBIA - The League of Women Voters hosted a primary election forum Tuesday to inform people about the sales tax increase on the August ballot.
Boone County voters will vote on whether or not to increase sales tax by one-eighth of a cent on August 5.
Advocates for both sides of the tax increase spoke on the issue Tuesday evening. The proposed sales tax increase, referred to as Proposition EPIC, would bring money to the Boone County Fair Grounds and other parks in the county.
Co-chair of Proposition EPIC Visionary Commitee Bondi Wood said the sales tax increase could save the Fair Grounds, and is projected to raise $3 million each year for six years.
Steve Spellman of Keep Boone County Free, a civil liberties organization, said he believes the sales tax increase is the wrong way to raise money for the fair grounds.
"We had an experiment over the last 15 years of county government running the fair grounds and it hasn't worked out so well. Three years ago come to find out, Boone County Fair grounds had been losing $100,000 dollars a year, and had $1 million in deferred maintenance," said Spellman. "Thats a real concern."
Spellman said it is an unfair tax, and the county commissioner should turn to private partners for money.
Posted 2:58 PM 11/27/2015 by Nick Komisar & Amy Money, KOMU 8 Reporters
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Posted 1:52 PM 11/27/2015 by The Associated Press
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Posted 1:18 PM 11/27/2015 by The Associated Press
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Posted 1:14 PM 11/27/2015 by The Associated Press
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The West Plains Daily Quill reports that 33-year-old Kevin Matthew Stephens, of Pomona, is jailed in Howell County on an involuntary manslaughter charge. No attorney is listed for (More)
Posted 10:29 AM 11/27/2015 by The Associated Press
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Nixon this week directed the state Department of Natural Resources to identify restoration (More)
Posted 10:11 AM 11/27/2015 by Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
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Posted 8:40 AM 11/27/2015 by The Associated Press
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The Arch and its grounds are undergoing a $380-million renovation, which includes a planned 46,000-square-foot expansion of the visitor center and a redesigned Museum of (More)
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Posted 8:36 AM 11/27/2015 by The Associated Press
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Posted 8:31 AM 11/27/2015 by The Associated Press
COLUMBIA (AP) — A library science program at the University of Missouri has regained accreditation.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the American Library Association has reinstated its accreditation of the (More)