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Election day is Tuesday — Voters to tackle several state & local issues

Election day is Tuesday — Voters to tackle several state & local issues

Aside from signaling an end to the tumultuous presidential campaign season, voters on Tuesday will decide the fate of several state and local issues. In addition to making their presidential and United States Senate and House selections, voters face a slew of choices for various state-level offices as well as five proposed amendments to the Missouri constitution, one state-wide proposition, one local question, and a special election for a tax increase for the Consolidated Library District No. 3. Some area officials have predicted Tuesday's ballot will take the average voter 34 minutes to complete. 

The local question is a bond issue centering around the City of Lee's Summit's emergency services departments. A "yes" vote would allow the City to issue general obligation bonds in the amount of $14.5 million dollars for public safety improvements, including: radio equipment; communications infrastructure; the acquisition of property and resulting construction of new fire state in District 3; and the acquisition of new fire equipment and apparatus. 

The library issue — Proposition L — asks voters to approve an eight cent tax increase over the thirty-two cent tax per hundred dollars assessed valuation for Mid-Continent Public Library. If approved, the funds would be used for facility renovation and upgrades, as well as expansion of services and programming.

A piece issued by the Missouri Secretary of State's office and posted on the Jackson County Election Board's web site offers voters a insight into the six state-wide ballot measures.

Constitutional Amendment No. 1
A ''yes" vote will continue for l O years the one-tenth of one percent sales/use tax that is used for soil and water conservation and for state parks and historic sites. This will be resubmitted to the voters for approval in 10 years. 

A ''no" vote will not continue this sales/use tax. 

If passed, this measure will not increase or decrease taxes. 

Constitutional Amendment No. 2

A ''yes" vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to establish lin.rits on campaign contributions by individuals or entities to political parties, political committees, or committees to elect candidates for state or judicial office. This amendment prohibits individuals and entities from intentionally concealing the source of such contributions. This amendment also requires corporations or labor organizations to meet certain requirements in order to make such contributions. This amendment further provides a complaint process and penalties for any violations of this amendment. 

A ''no" vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution to establish limits on campaign contributions. 

If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.

Constitutional Amendment No. 3

A ''yes" vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to increase truces on cigarettes each year through 2020, at which point this additional true will total 60 cents per pack of 20. This amendment also creates a fee paid by cigarette wholesalers of 67 cents per pack of 20 on certain cigarettes. This amendment further provides that the funds generated by these truces and fees shall be deposited into a newly established Early Childhood Health and Education Trust Fund. 

A ''no" vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution relating to taxes and fees on cigarettes. 

If passed, this measure will increase taxes on cigarettes. 

Constitutional Amendment No. 4

A ''yes" vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to prohibit a new state or local sales/use or other similar tax on any service or transaction. This amendment only applies to any service or transaction that was not subject to a sales/use or similar tax as of January l, 2015. 

A ''no" vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution to prohibit such state or local sales/use or other similar tax. 

If passed, this measure will not increase or decrease taxes. 

Constitutional Amendment No. 6

A ''yes" vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to state that voters may be required by law to verify their identity, citizenship, and residence by presenting identification that may include valid government-­issued photo identification. Exceptions to this identi­fication requirement may also be provided by law. 

A ''no" vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution regarding elections. 

If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes. 

Proposition A

A "yes" vote will amend Missouri law to increase taxes on cigarettes in 2017, 2019, and 2021, at which point this additional tax will total 23 cents per pack of 20. This amendment also increases the tax paid by sellers on other tobacco products by 5 percent of manufacturer's invoice price. This amendment further provides that the funds generated by these taxes shall be used exclusively to fund transportation infrastructure projects. These taxes are repealed if a measure to increase any tax or fee on cigarettes or other tobacco products is certified to appear on any local or statewide ballot.

A "no" vote will not amend Missouri law relating to taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. 

If passed, this measure will increase taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. 

For a closer look at the candidates and issues voters will see on Tuesday's ballot, visit the Jackson County Election Board's web site to view a sample ballot

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