Archive for Friday, November 6, 2009

Tuesday’s election totals are official after canvass

November 6, 2009

Tuesday’s sales tax election totals are now official after the votes were canvassed Friday by the Douglas County Commission.

The totals changed by three votes because of provisional ballots that were allowed.

“The board agreed to count all three provisional ballots and they are now included in the official canvass,” said Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew.

There was an additional yes vote and two more no votes to both questions. For question one, which continued the present half-cent sales tax, there were 393 yes votes and 199 no votes. Question two, a new quarter-cent sales tax, passed 326-266.

There were a total of 592 ballots cast, with 56 of those as advanced votes. It was a turnout of 20.48 percent of the city’s 2,895 registered voters.

The renewed sales tax will be used for infrastructure repairs, while the new tax will be used for “quality of life” projects. When the taxes begin in April, the city’s sales tax rate will be 7.55 percent.

Comments

NanCrisp 4 years, 5 months ago

Thank you for that. Some of us appreciate the press reporting voting results correctly.

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Peabody 4 years, 5 months ago

Nancy and Torch,

I am posting this in all sincerity.

You two are the most consistently negative posters on this forum. You seem to be able to find fault with everybody and everything associated with Baldwin City.

Do you just wish to complain or would you like to be a part of addressing the issues our community is facing? If you just want to complain, then keep posting away as you are.

But if you would actually like to do something, then please get involved in a public way. I will agree with you that Baldwin City has lots of challenges and we could certainly use all the help we can get.

Lobbing grenades from the sidelines does little good. As a fellow citizen, I would appreciate your assistance in making our community a better place to live and work.

Tony Brown 702 First Street

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solo 4 years, 5 months ago

I still think it was a surprising voter turnout. And after having some discussions around town I am very surprised at the wide variety of people who voted for this. I have heard both senior citizens and young families say they voted in favor of the first ballot. I think it's a good thing there was some generational concensus.

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