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Good Turnout Seen In Knox County Municipal Elections
Knox County Clerk, Debbie McCurren, is pleased with the April Municipal election.
“An April election is usually the election with the lowest voter turnout, with past elections as low as a 12 percent turnout. We were pleased with the 27.10 percent turnout this year. These elections are expensive, we have to order ballots for a hundred percent turnout, we have to have minimum of four workers per polling place and by statue we have to publish notice and the two weeks sample ballots, Just like everything else, costs keep going up.”
McCurren was also very pleased with the elections day process. “Everything went smooth, I went around to the polling places and there were no problems. I have a great bunch of elections workers. They are very dedicated to the election process.”
And last but not least, McCurren is so proud of their Deputy Pam Ausmus. “She does a lot to get ready for an election and afterwards is really busy with reports, certification, phone calls, paper work and clean up. I want to recognize the great bunch of guys who helped election night. They help with workers bring the bags and supplies into the courthouse, they helped with phone calls election night and they helped set up at the poll places. “These people help tremendously in the municipal elections.”
Debbie McCurren wants the citizens of Knox County to know that we work very heard to make sure the elections are done according to statute and make it as easy as possible for the citizens of Knox County to vote.
The results of the April 6th, 2010 Municipal Elections were as follows;
Knox County Proposition A asked voters shall the County Road and Bridge District of Knox County continue an existing levy rate of .3500 on the hundred dollar valuation for a period of four years for the purpose of road and bridge upkeep and repairs, this being a continuation of the rate previously authorized by the voters? Knox County passed Proposition A with 648 voters supporting the cause and 110 people voting no.
Knox County Proposition B asked voters shall the County of Knox impose an additional countywide sales tax in the amount of one-half of one percent (1/2 of 1%) for the purpose of providing Law Enforcement service in Knox County, this issue was voted down by Knox County with 394 no votes and 358 yes vote.
The Knox County R-1 School District’s Board of Educations vacant seat was a close race this year with incumbent Shelly Bugh and Sheere Prebe elected to the Board members’ positions. Bugh lead the election with 460 votes, Prebe received 458 votes and Mark Hunolt receiving 440 votes.
In Baring, voters elected Keli Luthenauer with twenty-one votes and Eldon Parrish with twenty votes.
Edina voters were asked to vote on the following proposition asking voters should the Board of Alderman for the City of Edina, Missouri be authorized to transfer the sum of two hundred thousand dollars from the Special Light Fund Reserve maintained by the City of Edina to the Street Maintenance Fund maintained by the City, for future repair and maintenance of the public street, with said transfer resulting in no tax increase, the proposition carried with 223 votes for the transfer and forty two votes opposed. David Strickler, JR was elected to remain Edina’s Mayor with 238 votes, Betty Morgret will remain the City Collector with 221 votes. Returning First Ward Alderman Rene Edwards was re-elected to the Board with ninety-three votes, Linda Ritchie was elected the City of Edina Second Ward Alderman with a vote of fifty-two and Sid Leckbee was elected Third Ward Alderman for the City of Edina.
In Hurdland, Sandra Hoskins received nineteen votes to clench the Mayor’s position. Cathy Kull was elected Hurdland’s West Alderman with ten votes and James Hamlin, JR was elected Hurdland’s East Alderman with seven votes.
Knox City voters elected Sandy G. Browning to the Mayors position with thirty-eight votes. Cheryl L. Adair was elected Knox City North Alderman with twenty votes and Rex D. Browning was elected Knox City South Alderman with nineteen votes. Knox City voters were asked to vote for the proposal of a Street Tax of .25 per one hundred dollar valuation for street maintenance for the period of two years, the proposal passed with a thirty five yea vote and nine no votes.
Elected to the Newark Board of Trustees were; Rita Lindsey receiving thirteen votes, Helen Peterson receiving thirteen vote and James R. Benner receiving fourteen votes.
Elected to the Novelty Board of Trustees were; Kim Hall receiving thirty-one votes, Jerry Lincoln receiving thirty-three votes and Jason Vilette receiving thirty-one votes. Novelty voters were asked to vote for the following proposition; Street Tax of .3000 per one hundred dollar to be used for street maintenance for street maintenance for a period of two years. The Street Tax passed with a vote of twenty-three, with twelve votes opposing the issue.