Proposed Tax Increases Will Be Up for a Vote Across Mid-Mo

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BOONE COUNTY - Tax levies will be on ballots across Mid-Missouri on Tuesday.

Residents in Jefferson City will vote on the Fire Department Improvement Plan, or Proposition 2. The measure would institute a quarter of a cent sales tax increase in Jefferson City. It would also reduce city property taxes by 17 percent, eliminating a 9.61 cent contribution dedicated to the Fireman's Pension Fund.

The sales tax would last 15 years, and during those 15 years, the tax is projected to raise more than $41 million.

For those in the Hallsville School District, a proposal in on the ballot that was 60 votes shy of passing in April.

The $4.3 million bond issue would go toward upgrading buildings, constructing a fine arts center  and free up space for expansion. The proposition would increase residents' property taxes by $0.32 per every $100 of assessed property value.

The Missouri River Library Levy will be on the ballot in both Cole and Osage Counties. The proposition would increase the current library levy from $0.20 to $0.30 and is projected to raise annual funds for the library from $1.4 million to $1.5 million.

The library is asking for the increase to help maintain staffing and services, address building maintenance needs and add new programs.  The measure does not have an end date.

The Lake Ozark Fire District Bond measure will be on the ballot in Camden County.

The department is asking for a $5.35 million bond issue. The annual cost to taxpayers is expected to be 8.8 cents per every $100 of assessed property value.

The bond issue will help fund a new fire station on the North Shore at 13 Welsh Road as well as help remodel and upgrade other lake area stations.