The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 2, 2013

Voter turnout in Webb City described as ‘light’

From staff reports

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Voters in Webb City were turning out in light numbers Tuesday to vote on a $9 million bond issue that would help fund the construction of safe rooms at several schools in the district.

An election work in the polling place at Webb City Junior High School School said 140 people had voted by 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. She described that count as a little low in terms of turnout, but higher than what other polling places in the district were reporting.

Rebecca Perry, of Webb City, said, “I voted for it. It’s an investment in our future. I have three grandchildren in school and I want them to be safe.’’

Lauren and Justin Slater, of Webb City, both voted for passage of the bond issue.

Said Lauren Slater: “I think our schools deserve it and we need to be safe.’’

The issue will require a four-sevenths, or 57.1 percent, majority for passage.