Local elections easy to overlook, have long lasting consequences

On Tuesday, residents of two Southwest Missouri cities will cast ballots in elections that could transform their towns for years to come. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

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Oronogo residents will vote on whether the town should sell its natural gas business to Spire of St. Louis. The town’s Board of Alderman have entered into an agreement with the energy distributor to sell the utility for $620,000. As a part of the arrangement, the town would still receive revenue from Spire through a franchise fee. If the sale is passed, the price would then be evaluated by the Missouri Public Service Commission before final approval.

While voters in Joplin will determine the fate of Proposition Action, and whether residents want to impose a $3.125% Internet Use Sales Tax in the city. If approved, the Use Tax would apply to online purchases only. City officials estimate that between $3-4 million would be raised if the measure passed. The funds would go towards paying for 50 community action plans that were established through a citywide listening tour last year. For 89 9 KRPS, I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro

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