Almost 160 people cast a ballot in the Pettis County special election on Tuesday, Nov. 7, passing two propositions.
The ballot included only two questions and only voters living in the City of La Monte or the Smithton Fire Protection District were eligible to vote. Voting took place at the Pettis County Clerk’s Office in the Pettis County Annex, 215 E. Fifth St. in Sedalia.
Absentee voting was available Sept. 26 through Nov. 6, with polls open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.
In La Monte, voters passed a tax question with 15 voting yes and 13 voting no. Out of 515 registered voters in the small city, 28 ballots were submitted, resulting in a 5% voter turnout.
La Monte voters were asked to consider the following ballot question:
“Shall the City of La Monte apply and collect the local sales tax on the titling of motor vehicles, trailers, boats, and outboard motors that are subject to state sales tax under section RSMo 144.020 and purchased from a source other than a licensed Missouri Dealer? Approval of this measure will result in an increase of local revenue to provide for vital services for the City of La Monte and it will remove a competitive advantage that non-Missouri dealers of motor vehicles, outboard motors, boats, and trailers have over Missouri dealers of motor vehicles, outboard motors, boats, and trailers.”
In Smithton, Proposition S passed by a much wider margin. Fourteen percent (126) of voters opted to agree with joining the Pettis County Fire Protection District, with 1% (5) voting no. Out of 895 registered voters who live in the Smithton Fire Protection District, 131 ballots were submitted, resulting in a 15% voter turnout.
Smithton voters were asked to consider the following ballot question:
“Shall the Fire Protection District #1 of Pettis County, Missouri extend its boundaries to include all property currently protected by the Smithton Rural Fire Association?”
For more information, visit pettisclerk.com or call the Clerk’s office at 660-826-5000 ext. 918.