A four-sevenths majority, or 57.1 percent, was needed for approval of the proposal presented by the Owensville Park Board. Owensville’s Board of Aldermen approved a measure on the Park Board’s behalf to call for a bond election. Work on the project will begin following the 2013 swimming season with completion scheduled for the summer 2014 swim season. The city’s current pool is 48-years-old.
Ward 1 voters cast 192 yes votes against 97 no votes. Voters in Ward 2 cast 135 votes for the proposal and 71 against the 16-year bond. Absentee voters cast 12 yes votes to five ballots against the proposal.
Overall, out of 512 ballots cast in the city, there were 339 votes for the proposal and 173 against. Voter turnout in Ward 1 was 30 percent while Ward 2 voters posted a 29.8 percent turnout — both well above the county’s overall turnout of 18 percent.
Election judges at the Ward 1 polling station noted numerous voters carried on the county’s “inactive” roll cast ballots on Tuesday. Inactive voters are those who have not cast ballots in two complete General Election cycles (four years), according to county clerk staff who help oversee the election.
A canvass of registered voters is conducted every couple of years, during the even-numbered General Election periods. New voter identification cards are sent out during this canvass. If a voter has moved, and their ID card is returned “undeliverable,” another card is sent out to determine if it is “forwardable” or not. If the card does not reach the intended recipient, that voter is declared inactive.
For those who do not vote for one two-year General Election cycle, they remain on the voter registration roll through two General Election cycles (or four years) before being removed from the active roll.
In the Gasconade County R-2 School District’s election April 2 for two seats on the Board of Education, incumbent Linda Baehr, of Owensville, received 787 votes between Gasconade County (583) and Franklin County (204) voters. Anthony “Tony” Alvarez, of Gerald, received 737 votes total between Gasconade (405) and Franklin (332) voters. Doug Dunlap, Owensville, received 586 total votes (478 in Gasconade and 108 in Franklin). Baehr and Alvarez will be sworn in on April 8 when the board reorganizes.
In Bland, voters selected Matthew Dittman over Bruce Sassmann for Ward 2 alderman by a 42-33 vote. Bland’s Proposition P for a half-cent park sales tax received 62 yes votes to 41 against the proposal.
Gasconade County voters rejected a proposal to collect a use tax on Internet purchases over $2,000 annually based on the county’s 1.375-percent sales tax for General Revenue. Voters cast 940 votes against the proposal to 828 yes votes.
In Hermann voters selected Delores Grannemann by 62.5 percent (372) over Rich Lauer (146 votes) and Ron Van Booven (78 votes), Van Booven has served as interim mayor since Larry Miskel resigned to join the Gasconade County Commission.
Hermann voters also rejected Proposition S to fund street projects by 48 votes with 318 ballots cast against tax increase and 270 for the proposal.
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