Tuesday, April 2, 2013
It had to pass in both St. Louis City and St. Louis County in order to impose the sales tax increase to fund improvements around the Gateway Arch, local parks and regional trails.
Voters in St. Louis County and St. Louis City said yes to a 3/16ths of one-cent sales tax increase designed to fund about $31 million a year in improvements to the Gateway Arch grounds, the regional Great Rivers Greenway trails and greenways, and for city and county parks. The measure had to pass in both the county and the city in order to be implemented. In the city, with 100 percent of the vote counted, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the proposition won with 67 percent of the vote. With 100 percent of the votes counted in the county, the proposition passed easily with a 53 percent to 47 percent margin. The money would go toward: Correction: An earlier version of this article used the incorrect proposition name in the headline…
Superintendent David Faulkner credited parents who care about the schools.
With all five Brentwood polling places reporting, Proposition K, a tax levy for the public schools, has passed with 796 Yes votes to 615 No votes. That's 56 percent of the votes cast were Yes votes. As a result, the school district operating tax levy ceiling will increase by 75 cents. That's about $83 per $100,000 of home value over the 2012 taxes levied, or about $11 per month for the median Brentwood home. Superintendent of Schools David Faulkner said the schools will not have to worry about any more cutbacks now. Faulkner inherited what he called a financially stressed school district when he began the job in July 2012. He said property values in the district dropped for the first time ever in 2009, and again in 2011. "We’re looking at…
Maplewood got the chance to speak, and voted for a QuikTrip.
With all four polling places reporting, Maplewood voters have overwhelmingly supported Proposition Q with 960 Yes votes to 419 No votes. As a result, QuikTrip will relocate its store at 3010 S. Big Bend Boulevard to the northwest corner of Manchester Road and S. Big Bend Boulevard. Ward 3 Councilman Shawn Faulkingham said there’s a lot of work to do now. “The ordinance that the people voted for, is the one I voted no to,” he said. “It wasn’t against QT moving, it was safety concerns.” An amended ordinance with additional safety measures received two city council votes, but not the final vote to pass, after the Maplewood Richmond Heights Board of Education failed to approve it. Faulkingham said the amended ordinance had some great ideas. “I…
That is with 0 of 5 of the election day polling places reporting.
Absentee election ballot results are in for Proposition K, for Brentwood schools, and it's 45 votes against and 37 votes for the proposition. Those totals are with 0 of 5 polling places from today reporting. Proposition K which would increase the school district operating tax levy ceiling by 75 cents if passed. The St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners has said the remaining votes, from polling places on election day, will begin to be reported around 9 p.m.
Patch went out and talked to Maplewood voters, and some shared their thoughts on the QuikTrip question.
Almost a year after the possibility of a QuikTrip relocation to the northwest corner of Manchester Road and Big Bend Boulevard, Maplewood voters are having their say. The city council passed the resolution allowing a move, but some residents collected enough signatures to put it on the April 2 ballot. Issues of student safety, driver safety, property rights, the best use of the corner, special interests, bad memories of the QuikTrip on the Hanley island and the importance of supporting the mayor and city council were among reasons voters gave for voting the way they did. Several said it was good for the community for the question to go to a vote, no matter how it goes. The polls close at 7 p.m.
The resident comments on taxes, accidents and the appropriate use of the northwest corner of Manchester and Big Bend.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Both propositions passed in Maplewood and Brentwood.
Maplewood and Brentwood voters decided local issues, as well as the city and countywide Proposition P, for parks, on Tuesday. Maplewood residents voted on Proposition Q, the referendum on whether QuikTrip can move its Maplewood store to the northwest corner of Manchester Road and Big Bend Boulevard. The proposition passed by more than a 2:1 margin. Maplewood residents needed to ask for a separate paper ballot to vote on Proposition Q. The issue missed the deadline to be included on the touch screen ballot. Brentwood voters passed Proposition K 796 to 615 to increase the school district operating tax levy ceiling by 75 cents. Maplewood voters will voted on uncontested races for three city council seats and the mayor.
Greenberg: I feel compelled to take exception to several opinions by Tonya Powell and by Beverly Tronicek that are stated as “facts”.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
The Ward 3 councilman discusses Proposition Q.
He said it disputes what the school district has stated in promoting Proposition K.