Columbia voters pass electric and sewer increase
COLUMBIA - Columbia voters passed Propositions 1 and 2 on Tuesday.
Proposition 1 won with 68 percent of the vote. Proposition 1 passing will allow a six percent utility rate increase gradually over the next several years. The increase will pay for the $63.1 million bond for upgrades and a new electric substation.
Proposition 2 won with 59 percent of the vote. Proposition 2 will raise storm water utility prices to pay for sewer projects.
A group opposing proposition one and two called Boone County for Liberty held a watch party at the Heidelberg while the city tallied the votes.
Despite the outcome of the vote, group spokesperson Steve Spellman said this election can create a conversation about funding infrastructure improvements.
"Voters deserve a counterpoint on everything," Spellman said. "There's always another side of the story, and we're helping to provide that."
The group said that it will still be a voice in the community despite both propositions passing.