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A pair of tax levy issues with big price tags will highlight the April 5th general municipal election ballot in Scotland County.

Voters in the city of Memphis will decide the fate of a proposed $7.9 million waterworks and sewer system revenue bond issue to help fund proposed improvements to the city’s water and sewer system.

If approved, the bonds would be leveraged versus future revenues generated by the systems to secure loans to help fund the creation of a new land-application irrigation sewer system as well as upgrades and updates at the city’s water treatment plant and repairs and renovations to the sewer collection system and the water distribution system.

The other tax levy before Scotland County voters involves the Scotland County R-I School District. Proposition 2 is seeking a $4 million levy to fund the construction of an early childhood education expansion on the SCR-I campus, which would include four preschool classrooms, as well as additional space for support services such as therapy, life skills and special education.

The expansion would also include space for the music and foreign language arts programs and would house a new weight room and football locker room and additional storage space.

Funding from the levy would also allow replacement of the lighting systems at the baseball, softball and football fields and would fund a new track.

Finally, if approved, the levy would also fund a new security system for the high school and new construction areas, and would also pay for heating, cooling and ventilation improvements for the school buildings.

The City also has its own Proposition 2 question for voters who once again must help interpret the confusing use tax issue for sales tax on motor vehicles, trailers, boats and motors that are purchased out of state.

Municipal voters already approved the use tax, but because of a state law change, they must now be asked to reaffirm the issue.

Proposition 2 asks if the use tax shall be discontinued. A yes vote would eliminate the tax, meaning no sales tax would be collected on such transactions made with non-Missouri vendors. A no vote would retain the use tax, putting such transactions in balance with such sales made by Missouri vendors, which are subject to state, county and local sales tax.

Scotland County has a similar no tax increase issue on the ballots, as voters will be asked to continue the special road district levy of $0.31 per $100 assessed valuation for another four years.

Voters in District 2 of the Scotland County Hospital District will elect a new board member for a six-year term. The voters will decide between Marcia Dial and Lori Fulk.

Memphis voters will decide four city council positions, all which feature unopposed candidates, including three incumbents. Memphis Mayor William Reckenberg is seeking reelection as are East Ward alderman Tom Glass and West Ward Alderman Chris Feeney. Jobe Justice is the lone candidate on the ballot for the one-year unexpired term for West Ward Alderman created by the resignation last year of Mike Gundy.

In addition to the tax levy, SCR-I district voters will also fill two seats on the board of education from three candidates, incumbents Trinity Davis and Christy Aylward, and Sherryl Davis.

The City of Gorin has a full ballot, with Francis “Frank” Nicholson, Jr. seeking the East Ward Alderman job while Ervin Gene Berry is the lone candidate for the West Ward Alderman position.

Rutledge has a similar ballot, with three candidates vying for three seats on the board of trustees, including Lewis Powell, Keith Zimmerman and Dale Haldeman.

In the village of Arbela, just two candidates filed for the three seats on the board of trustees, Patricia Johnson and Dennis Giberson.

No candidates filed for the two vacancies on the Village of Granger board of trustees.

The polls will open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.