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April 2, 2013

Carterville residents to decide bond issue for street projects

CARTERVILLE, Mo. — A bond issue for Carterville streets, a water proposal in Neck City and a number of city council and school board elections are set for decisions by voters in Tuesday’s elections.

And a variety of seats will be filled without voter action. There are no contested races — and no elections — for school board posts in Joplin, Carthage and Webb City. And a large number of candidates are running unopposed for seats on city councils and other town boards.

In Carterville, city residents will decide an $800,000 general obligation bond issue for street projects.

Dale Davenport, Carterville’s mayor, said the goal of the effort is to improve streets in a town he points out is referred to as “Craterville.”

“We want to get rid of that, but we can’t if all we can do is just patch and fill potholes,” he said.

If voters approve the measure, Davenport said bonds will be sold to buy additional street department equipment and materials for street improvements. The measure must be approved by a four-sevenths majority for passage.

The city is proposing raising its levy by 22 cents to repay the bonds in 15 years. Carterville now has a city levy of 63.86 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. City taxes on a home valued at $100,000 are $121.33 per year. Taxes on the same home would go up about $42 per year with voter approval of the measure.

“We think at most, it’s going to cost people about 11 cents a day for decent streets,” he said.

Carterville voters also will decide a Zone 1 council seat, where incumbent David Comstock is facing a challenge from Jeff McComber.

NECK CITY

In Neck City, voters will decide whether city water lines should be sold to the Public Water Supply District No. 2.

Though described as a sale, Mayor Don Hole said the measure would be more of an exchange, with the city becoming part of the district, which would supply city water and maintain the system.

“We would sign our water lines over to them in exchange for the services they would provide,” he said.

Hole said the city currently buys water and distributes it, but Hole said there have been problems in the past with the quality and quantity of water it can purchase. He said the council has been working for 18 months on the proposal, which, if approved by voters, then will have to be approved in court.

“The water system had to agree to accept us,” he said. “It will take about a year to get everything changed over.”

He said the council does not expect the plan to change the amount residents are paying for water, adding “but they’ll be writing checks to the water system rather than us.”

Neck City voters also will decide two vacancies on the village board. Candidates are incumbent Douglas R. Hicks, Briggitta (Bree) Thuma and Jerry Welch.

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