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Lake of the Ozarks area issues and tax initiatives decided

Lake of the Ozarks area issues and tax initiatives decided

April 6th, 2011 by The Lake Today in News

Lake Ozark resident Emily Keuker gets signed in with April 5 election poll worker Sue Barker at Lake Ozark City Hall.

Photo by Dianne Steingrubey

A number of ballot issues in cities around the Lake of the Ozarks were given a yes nod by generous margin of voters on Tuesday; however a measure that would have doubled taxes for residents in the Bagnell Special Road District failed by a similiarly wide margin.

In Versailles, voters were asked to give city officials the right to issue some $8.9 million in water and sewer bonds. That measure passed with 229 yes votes and only 69 no votes.

In Linn Creek, a ballot issue that asked voters to approve a one-half percent sales tax increase to fund the city's police department was approved by a margin of 19 to 10. And, a second ballot measure that asked voters to approve a one-fourth percent sales tax increase to fund the city's transportation department was also approved by a margin of 20 to nine.

But the measure on the Miller County ballot that asked voters in the Bagnell Special Road District to approve an increase of 16 cents per $100 valuation on their property tax failed by a large margin. In that instance the ballot measure lost by a margin of 258 no to 94 yes votes.

That ballot measure had been the subject of controversy for the last several weeks as several residents inside the city of Lake Ozark spoke against the increase.

Meanwhile, Camdenton R-III School District voters, in both Camden and Morgan County, made their choice for which of seven candidates should fill the three available seats.

The top three candidates in the Camdenton School Board race were John Beckett with 1112 votes, Selynn Barbour with 878 and Jackie Schulte with 728 votes.

In the School of the Osage District, four candidates vied for three seats. The three winners chosen by voters in Miller, Morgan and Camden counties were Steven Hermann with a total of 738 votes, Rod Miller with 618 and Mary A. Whitman with a total of 529 votes.

In the Eldon School R-I School District, voters in Miller and Morgan counties were asked to choose three candidates from a field of four. The three top vote getters in that race were Chris Hart with 411, Dennis Schad with 401 and Jill Kliethermes with 336 total votes.

In the City of Lake Ozark, the mayoral race crosses the Camden and Miller County line, as does the race for Third Ward Alderman.

In the race for mayor, incumbent Johnnie Franzeskos was challenged by Alderman Jeff Van Donsel and newcomer Bernard Flaherty. Franzeskos easily won re-election with a total of 240 votes, Van Donsel garnered 119 votes and Flaherty had 18.

In the Ward Three Alderman's race, Todd Painter beat out incumbent Susan Drummond by a total of 52 votes to 11. However, Drummond had already declared that she would not accept re-election and had even attempted to have her name removed from the ballot.

See additional election results from Camden, Miller and Morgan counties at

Tri-County April 5 election totals

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Jefferson City voters take trash issue to curb

Two incumbents re-elected to Jefferson City council

Youngest candidate takes most JC school board votes

Walker, Stumpe get the nod for JC municipal court positions

Holts Summit approves sewer bond

Cole County school districts, towns pick officials

Siegel re-elected to Board of Aldermen in New Bloomfield

Two new school board members chosen at New Bloomfield

Incumbents return to South Callaway School Board, Laughlin takes open seat