Tuesday, August 7, marks the date for Missouri primary elections. As a non-partisan organization, the Green Impact Zone recognizes the power of informed voting and even contributes to voter registration efforts. The purpose of the primary election in August is to narrow the field of candidates for elected positions before the general election in November. Several positions are up for election at the federal, state and local levels, including: U.S. Senator, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Senator, State Representative, Prosecuting Attorney and Sheriff.
The primary ballot will also feature three issue items. Issue items aim to solve local or statewide matters. Voters in Missouri will vote on Constitutional Amendment No. 2, and residents of Kansas City, Mo., will decide the fate of Questions 1 and 2 (see text below). Links to state and local government sources for more information are also provided.
STATEWIDE BALLOT ISSUE:
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NO. 2
Proposed by the 96th General Assembly
(First Regular Session) HJR 2
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to ensure:
- That the right of Missouri citizens to express their religious beliefs shall not be infringed;
- That school children have the right to pray and acknowledge God voluntarily in their schools; and
- That all public schools shall display the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution.
It is estimated this proposal will result in little or no costs or savings for state and local governmental entities.
KANSAS CITY BALLOT ISSUES:
Shall the City of Kansas City, Missouri:
- Prohibit the renewal of the expired annual $12.50 per motor vehicle fee,
- Cease billing and collecting the trafficway maintenance tax by setting its assessment at $0.00,
- Cease billing and collecting the park and boulevard maintenance tax by setting its assessment at $0.00,
- Cease billing and collecting the boulevards and parkways front foot assessment by setting its assessment at $0.00,
- Enact as a replacement a parks sales tax of ½-cent authorized by Section 644.032 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri for the purpose of providing for the maintenance and operations of local parks, parkways, boulevards and community centers,
- Establish a dedicated fund to be used exclusively for street maintenance, and
- Transfer no less than 7.5% of the net annual earnings tax receipts to the dedicated street maintenance fund effective January 1, 2013 and each following year for as long as the parks sales tax is in effect?
Shall the City of Kansas City, Missouri issue sanitary sewer system revenue bonds in the principal amount not to exceed $500,000,000 for the purpose of extending and improving the sanitary sewer system of the City, including compliance with the federally mandated Consent Decree for the Overflow Control Program, with the principal and interest of the bonds to be payable solely from the revenues derived by the City from the operation of its sanitary sewer system?