- Cape businessman known for starting NARS dies at 49 (2/23/17)9
- Man shot by police ID'd; witness shares his side of story (2/17/17)31
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)6
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)47
- Annual father-daughter dance provides some fun bonding time (2/19/17)1
- SoutheastHEALTH, Washington University School of Medicine announce collaboration (2/24/17)15
- City issues precautionary boil order near Arena Park (2/23/17)
- $22M bond issue would alter Jackson schools (2/22/17)12
Prop 1 reports
When the Proposition 1 sales tax was proposed in 2006 to generate funds for road and bridge projects and for the sheriff's department, county officials touted the benefits for Cape Girardeau County and listed a number of projects and upgrades that were planned. Recently, in separate reports, the county's presiding commissioner, sheriff and district engineer for the Cape Special Road District listed the ways the sales tax revenue has been put to good use.
Since 2006, the county has spent $6.25 million on asphalt paving of 25 miles of county road, 11 miles of chip-and-seal surfacing and asphalt overlays on 10 miles, Presiding Commissioner Gerald Jones said at the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce's First Friday Coffee.
The sheriff's department has added 10 new employees as promised, Sheriff John Jordan said, and has implemented more competitive wages to reduce turnover.
The special road district is opening bids today for its fourth bridge replacement since 2006.
The Proposition 1 tax, which replaced county road-and-bridge property taxes, has generated $11.8 million distributed to special road districts and municipalities in the county. All in all, these reports help reassure county taxpayers that the sales tax is being used to benefit the whole county.