Editor’s note: Because of our printing deadline for the Wednesday paper (5 p.m. on Tuesday), ALL election results will be included in the Friday paper. If you need them faster, we will keep our Facebook Page and website updated as they come in. We will also have the results at our office.
Tomorrow, Cooper County residents will go out and vote and decide on the direction of many issues. Polls open up at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m., making it possible for most people to have plenty of opportunity to vote. While the primary focus is on the presidential election, there are plenty of state and local issues that will be getting attention.
While there have been many amendments on the ballot, there is one proposition to vote on.
Proposition ‘A’ proposes an amendment to increase taxes on cigarettes in 2017, 2019, and 2021, at which point this additional tax will total 23 cents per pack of 20. This proposition would also increase the tax paid by sellers on other tobacco products by five percent of manufacturer’s invoice price, use funds generated by these taxes exclusively to fund transportation infrastructure projects; and repeal these taxes if a measure to increase any tax or fee on cigarettes or other tobacco products is certified to appear on any local or statewide ballot?
According to the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office, state government revenue will increase by approximately $95 million to $103 million annually when cigarette and tobacco tax increases are fully implemented, with the new revenue earmarked for transportation infrastructure. Local government revenues could decrease approximately $3 million annually due to decreased cigarette and tobacco sales.
The Friday paper had a copy of the full ballot, along with polling place locations around the county.
Cooper County Clerk Darryl Kempf is gearing up for a great turnout in Cooper County. While his prediction lays out a slightly lower turnout than the past two elections, he is hopeful that could change.
Election results will be included in the Friday paper.