Opponents are challenging the ballot wording of a proposed sales tax increase for transportation projects. A lawsuit filed Thursday by the Missouri Association for Social Welfare contends the wording needs to be rewritten for the august ballot as it is misleading and unfair. Supporters say the lawsuit is a long shot attempt to make the wording more confusing. The proposed tax increase would impose a three- quarter-cent sales tax for roads, bridges and other transportation projects at the lake of the Ozarks and across the state. Supporters say it would generate $534 million dollars annually over the next ten years. Voters will decide the measure’s fate in august.
Lake area residents are being asked to weigh in on a list of transportation projects and improvements that officials say could improve safety, create jobs and boost the state’s economy. Starting tomorrow a list of proposed projects will be released by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. At their meeting this week, the commission heard MoDot’s progress report on the creation of the list and decided to extend the public comment period until July 3rd. The commission will review all comments and approve the list on July 9th. Voters will then decide the fate of a proposed sales tax increase in August which would fund the proposed projects. if approved, it would be the highest tax increase in Missouri History.
The fight between Noranda Aluminum and Ameren Missouri continues over electric rates. one thing both parties agree on is all customers will be affected regardless of the outcome. Noranda, a Southeast Missouri Aluminum Smelter filed two complaints with the State’s Public Service Commission asking for a lower rate and accusing the company of over earning. Noranda is asking for its electric rate to drop from about $41 to $30 per mega watt hour. Ameren warns lowering the rate will pass higher rates on to other customers. Evidentiary hearings on the matter are set to begin Monday with a decision in the case by the end of September. As for the charge that Ameren is earning more than the state allows, the P.S.C. says it has found no evidence pointing to the need for an investigation.
A Sunrise Beach man is behind bars following an investigation by the Camden County Street Crimes Unit. Police say they were contacted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in reference to information they had developed on a wanted subject in the Sunrise Beach area. 27 year old Joshua Lee Tyree was apprehended without incident in the 100 block of Ninebark Court. Tyree is currently being held in the Camden County Adult Detention Facility on outstanding warrants from Polk County for domestic assault and probation violation.
A federal lawsuit against more than 100 officials and residents in Camden and Laclede counties has been dropped. In a motion for voluntary dismissal the Lebanon couple who brought the suit against county, state and school officials asked the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri to dismiss it without prejudice. Originally, the plaintiffs alleged the defendants participated in a conspiracy to deny the couple custody of their children which resulted in the man’s two children ending up in their mother’s home where they were allegedly physically and sexually abused.
Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed several bills that he says would have jeopardized the state budget by providing special tax breaks to certain industries. The governor says the tax breaks approved by the legislature on its final day of session could’ve reduced state revenues by $425 million dollars annually and local revenues by an additional $351 million dollars. Republican lawmakers dispute those figures and have defended some of the tax breaks as clarifications of policies that they say have been incorrectly applied by the Department of Revenue.
Two Camdenton men are behind bars following a drug arrest conducted by the Street Crimes K-9 Unit. Camden County Deputies responded to the 100 Block of Highland Glen Court on June 11th for a possible burglary in process. When deputies arrived they found a vehicle with two male subjects inside, but it was discovered that a burglary did not occur. The K-9 Unit conducted a sniff of the vehicle and noticed an oder of narcotics. 29 year old Michael Regehr was taken into custody and charged with a Class B felony of distribute/deliver/manufacture/produce a controlled substance. Regehr was released after posting bond. 41 year old Jeffrey Milligan was taken into custody on four outstanding warrants and is currently being held in the Camden County Adult Detention Facility.