City Earnings Tax, Assessor Race on the Ballot Tomorrow
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Your money and how much the government gets to spend of it, is on the ballot tomorrow around St. Louis.
Prop. E, the ballot measure to keep the city earnings tax, could boost turnout in St. Louis, says the election board’s Gary Stoffe. “We’re hopeful that the number gets up to 15, 20 maybe even 25 percent.” But St. Louis County election judge Joe Goeke doesn’t expect a boost from the property assessor’s race between Jake Zimmerman and L.K. “Chip” Wood.
The position did make plenty of headlines last summer when outraged voters decided it should be made an elected position. Property owners were upset by the ‘drive-by’ assessment controversy in 2001 and a major property tax hike in 2007.
Instead, Goeke says other races may bring out local crowds. “We’ve got 16 school districts electing directors, we’ve got 11 fire districts electing directors in 86 municipalities.” Additionally, O’Fallon, Missouri, votes on a smoking ban and St. Charles City has a hot race for Mayor.
Tuesday is also Election Day in Illinois. Madison County Clerk Mark Von Nida doesn’t expect a large turnout, despite a highly-publicized countywide sales tax referendum vote, “This kind of election I always feel like someone who throws a party and nobody comes. The turnout is never very high. I’m hoping to see at least twenty-percent.”
In neighboring St. Clair County, clerk Bob Delaney is predicting a 28% turnout. Delaney says he expects the largest turnouts in Fairview Heights, Centreville, Cahokia, and parts of Belleville— where there are hotly-contested races.
For people in Madison County wanting to check on their polling place location or see a sample ballot, there’s a website to visit: www.madisonvotes.com.