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Voters opt to support parks, fire protection and stormwater issues in Aug. 2 election

Park improvements, fire protection, stormwater control – including propositions that included tax increases – were non candidate ballot measures that received support throughout St. Charles County in the Aug. 2 election.

Ballot measures for park improvements in O’Fallon, St. Peters and St. Charles were approved by voters. Voters in the Lake Saint Louis Fire Protection District passed two propositions designed to address the district’s financial issues.

O’Fallon voters approved a $20.7 million bond issue for parks, with 8,573 votes in favor [59.68 percent] to 5,792 votes [40.32 percent] against. The bond issue requires a 2 cent per $100 assessed valuation tax hike. The ballot issue required a four-sevenths majority [57.14 percent] for passage.

The bond issue will help pay for development of the city’s O’Day Park, a new Civic Park community center and improvements to Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center.

St. Peters residents approved Proposition Q, a $12 million, no tax increase bond issue to pay for a new city aquatic park, a new golf course clubhouse and other park improvements.

The bond issue required a four-sevenths majority for passage. The bond issue received 7,241 votes [65.82 percent] in favor and 3,761 votes against [34.18 percent]. The two major projects include $3.5 million to build the aquatic center on a former athletic field just south of the city’s Rec-Plex complex off Mexico Road, and $5.7 million for a new St. Peters Golf and Banquet center at 200 Salt Lick Road just south of Interstate 70.

Lake Saint Louis voters approved two propositions that will raise their taxes to help deal with their fire district’s mounting financial problems. The $8 million bond issue and a separate 18-cent tax increase will pay off debt, buy more equipment and allow the district to hire more fire fighters.

But both proposals could add as much as 41 cents to the district’s property tax rate. But fire district officials said the district’s tax rate may go up gradually.

Proposition Life, the tax increase, received 1,799 votes [63.55 percent] in favor and 1,032 votes [36.45 percent] against. The tax increase required a simple majority. The tax increase will allow the district to pay down budget deficits and add firefighters and staff.

Proposition Safety, the bond issue, received 1,792 votes [63.86 percent] in favor and 1,014 votes [36.14 percent] against. The bond issue required a four-sevenths majority. The bond issue will pay for replacing trucks ad firefighters’ equipment and closing one of the district’s two fire stations to allow for better response times.

St. Charles voters approved a half-cent sales tax increase for city park improvements and stormwater projects. Plans call for major work on the Wapelhorst and Blanchette Park pools and stormwater control projects. The city’s Proposition P received 8,477 votes in favor [64.29 percent] to 4,708 against [35.71 percent].

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