Elections

Pike, Monroe, Ralls voters to decide several ballot issues

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 18, 2017 9:00 pm Updated: Mar. 18, 2017 10:14 pm

Two school-related bond issues will be decided by voters in Pike and Monroe counties in the April 4 municipal elections, while a sales tax issue in Perry will appear on the ballot in Ralls County.

The Pike County issue will involve residents of the Louisiana R-II School District, which is seeking voter approval to sell $4 million in bonds.

If approved, the money would be used to acquire, construct, improve, furnish and equip school facilities in the district.

Work would involve heating, ventilation and air conditioning improvements along with new rest-room plumbing fixtures and equipment, new water lines, lighting and electrical equipment.

School officials say the money also would allow the district to improve security; upgrade the fire alarm and telephone systems; build a bus barn; make roofing repairs; improve parking lots and driveways; install new bleachers in the high school gym; refinish the high school and middle school gym floors; acquire and install new lockers in the middle school; and build a performing arts building that would also serve as a storm shelter.

School officials say approval of the bond issue would result in no change to the district's current debt service levy of 50 cents per $100 assessed valuation.

Also in Pike County, Bowling Green residents will be asked if the city should continue to apply and collect a local sales tax on the titling out-of-state purchases of motor vehicles, trailers, boats and outboard motors.

In Monroe County, the school-related bond issue involves residents of the Paris R-II School District, who will decide if the district should borrow $2.3 million.

If approved, the bond issue would allow the district to carry out upgrades, repairs, renovations, installations and other improvements to the district's facilities.

School officials say the district's existing 49-cent debt service levy would not change if voters approve the issue.

Also in Monroe County, voters countywide will decide whether to authorize a half-cent sales tax increase to benefit the county's general revenue fund, law enforcement program, and the road and bridge fund for a period of five years.

In Ralls County, residents of Perry will decide if the city should increase the local sales tax by three-quarters of one percent to provide street and drainage improvements.

Also in Ralls County, a small number of residents who live within the boundaries of the city of Hannibal, which is contained primarily in Marion County, will cast votes on three Hannibal ballot issues. One involves prohibiting the use of ammonia in the public drinking water, while the other two issues involve some minor language changes in the city's charter to be consistent with new state laws.