The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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July 10, 2012

Neosho council reviews TDD election issues

NEOSHO, Mo. — The Neosho city council met in special session this morning to discuss the upcoming board of directors election for the Neosho Transportation Development District.

The council expressed concern that a recent study conducted by Newton County Abstract at the TDD board’s request indicates that the city’s land ownership within the district is 219 acres — 20 acres less than a 2009 study conducted by the engineering firm of Allgeier Martin and Associates indicated.

Voting in the TDD is determined by land ownership with each landowner receiving one vote for each acre of land owned within the district. The City of Neosho remains the largest single land owner in the district.

The acreage total for the Neosho R-5 school district also shrank from nearly 30 acres to less than 25 acres.

In response to a court order issued last month which redrew the district’s boundaries to exclude residential properties, the TDD board contracted with Newton County Abstract to compile a definitive list of landowners and the acreage they own.

The reduced acreage could have an effect on next Tuesday’s TDD board election. Although the size of the TDD was reduced by the court, no one is sure exactly how much smaller the district is.

According to Holly Mitchell with Newton County Abstract, the firm is yet to determine the actual size of the district. What is clear is the district will contract slightly from its previous total of 527 acres. 

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