Missouri election authorities are predicting about one in four voters will cast ballots in next week’s primaries. Statewide voter turnout on Tuesday is projected at nearly 1.1 million people — about 27 percent of the almost 4.1 million Missourians registered to vote. The turnout projections are compiled from figures collected by the secretary of state’s office from each of Missouri’s 116 local election jurisdictions. They range from a projected high of 69 percent in northeast Missouri’s Knox County to a low of 9 percent in southern Missouri’s Howell County. The primaries include contested races for state and federal legislative seats as well as county offices. The ballot also features five proposed Constitutional Amendments, including one imposing a sales tax for transportation.
After all the talk on both sides about the right to farm proposal an outcome is on the way next week and now a former Missouri House member says he came up with the idea for a farming-rights proposal while riding a tractor several years ago. Voters on Tuesday will decide whether to adopt proposed Constitutional Amendment 1, which creates a right to farming and ranching in Missouri. It was referred to the ballot last year by the Republican-led legislature. Former Republican Rep. Tom Loehner says the idea came to him while spreading fertilizer on his Osage County farm in 2009. He said it grew out of conversations with some urban legislators, who Loehner said didn’t understand how their food was produced. The proposal failed to pass the legislature for several years and ultimately succeeded only after Loehner left office. Opponents still contend it could help shield corporate farms from regulations.
As we continue to inch closer towards Election Day we look at the ballot to learn what the state has in it for this year. All this past week we’ve looked at different amendments and again KRMS news reporter Mike Ferguson gives us yet another look. Now we’re looking at Amendment 9 on this special update
Voters take to the polls on August 5th
A number of items are on the agenda for this weeks meeting of the Osage Beach Board of Alderman. The board will have a discussion about improvements to Nichols Road. This will be followed by an authorization to apply for well plugging funds. The first and second readings of Bill No. 14-40 which would authorize the Mayor to execute a contract for professional design services for the parking lot and pavilion fill plan at Peanick Park will take place. Finally, a bid award for water meters will also be discussed. The meeting takes place Thursday at City Hall beginning at 630pm and is open to the public.
The Missouri Public Service Commission wants to lower your phone bill. The PSC recently announced its plans for telephone customers still using wired land lines at home for local and in state. The surcharge that customers pay to the Missouri universal service fund will be reduced. The surcharge currently at the percentage of .17 translates to 8.5 cents per $50 bill. The new rate of a percentage of .10 translates to 5 cents per $50 bill. The new rate is scheduled to take effect on October 1st of this year. Along with that, qualifying low income and disabled customers will now see an increase of $3.00 per month in the amount of financial assistance they receive for basic wire line home service.
A teenage girl from Springfield was seriously injured after a boat ran her over on Pomme De Terre Lake early Saturday afternoon. According to the Highway Patrol Water Division, a 2002 Fisher 200 Pontoon driven by 66 year old James Walker of Hermitage ran over the top of 15 year old Sharon Barret after she jumped into the water before her 1958 Grumman Canoe was struck by the pontoon. As the pontoon traveled over the top of Barret she was struck by the propeller. Barret was then transported by Mercy Air to Cox South Hospital in Springfield.
A number of items are on the agenda for this weeks meeting of the Camdenton Board of Alderman. The board will consider a rezoning request as submitted by Daryl Foster during the public hearing portion of the meeting. This will be followed by approval of a one day caterer permit for both Malarkey’s Pub & Grill and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church as well as the Mayor’s appointments to boards and committees. Finally, the board will request to solicit bids for a one ton pickup for the street department and striping of Business Route 5. The meeting takes place Tuesday at City Hall beginning at 7pm and is open to the public.