Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  A steady stream of voters moved through the doors of Busch Academy in the Holly Hills section of south St. Louis all morning.

It appeared to indicate a higher-than-expected turnout for Tuesday’s municipal election, with the clear blue skies and pleasant temps (especially when compared with Monday’s blustery winds) as least partially responsible.

After casting her ballot at Busch Academy, “Bernadette” told KMOX News that she was totally in favor of keeping the 1% city earnings tax in place for another five years.

“I think it’s worth it, I think we have to pay for the services that we want,” she explained.  “You get nothing for free.”

Her friend “Grace” agreed.

“I just believe in it because we have a great city and in order to keep it (that way), I think we need to pay for the services that we’ve gotten used to,” she said.

Those who want to see Proposition E go down to defeat say it hinders economic development and drives companies away from St. Louis.

As for the turnout, city elections director Scott Leiendecker said certain Wards, like Ward 16 where Busch Academy is located, have higher turnout rates historically.

But he was sticking by his prediction of a meager 10-15% turnout city-wide.

An election judge at Busch Academy said the surrounding area has a large contingent of residents who are police officers or firefighters, whose very future may depend on the outcome of Tuesday’s election.

Copyright KMOX Radio


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