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Voters nix tax increases in Jackson R-2, Cape and Delta

Tax increase proposals were unpopular with local voters Tuesday, as three propositions to increase taxes were voted down.

According to unofficial results from Cape Girardeau County, voters in the Jackson R-2 School District rejected Proposition T on a vote of 3,727 “no” (54.35%) to 3,131 “yes” (45.65%).

Proposition T would have authorized an increase in the operating tax levy ceiling by 47¢ per $100 assessed valuation of real and personal property. The funds raised would have been used to attract and retain highly qualified teachers and staff and ensure that student programs remain in place.

“While we are deeply saddened that Proposition T didn’t pass, we want to thank the many hardworking teachers, staff members, parents, students and community members who stepped up to support their school,” Jackson R-2 Superintendent Scott Smith said. “Our leadership team, along with the school board, have tough decisions ahead. As always, we will work to make decisions in the best interest of our students and staff. We will continue to do the very best we can with the limited resources available. Thank you to the voters who did support their school.”

The City of Cape Girardeau was seeking a 56¢ per $100 assessed valuation increase in the tax levy for public safety. (The current levy for public safety is $1 per $100 assessed valuation.)

Voters in Cape Girardeau rejected the request on a vote of 1,821 “no” (52.03%) to 1,679 “yes” (47.97%).

In Delta, voters followed the trend of Cape Girardeau and Jackson R-2 voters and voted down a .25¢ increase in the city’s sales tax to improve its public parks with 31 “no” votes (57.41%) compared to 23 “yes” votes (42.59%).

Jackson R-2 School Board

In a rather close race, Todd Michael Rushing garnered 3,924 votes (33.29%) and Sheila J. King received 2,418 votes (20.51%) to win seats on the Jackson R-2 Board of Education. Only nine votes separated King from Bradley S. Walters, who received 2,409 votes (20.44%). Other candidates received the following votes: Tracy Lee Metzger, 1,735 (14.72%); and Bethany Ann Byrd, 1,301, (11.04%).

Oak Ridge R-6 School Board

Newcomer Ethan Siemer was the top vote-getter in the Oak Ridge R-6 School Board election, receiving 243 votes (40.23%). (These figures include votes from Cape and Perry counties.) Incumbent Nathan Schilling was reelected with 227 votes (37.58%). Losing his seat was incumbent Andrew Seabaugh, who received 134 votes (22.19%).

Oak Ridge liquor sales

After several years of failing at the polls, the Village of Oak Ridge’s request from voters to allow intoxicating alcohol to be sold by the drink at retail for consumption on the premises where sold finally passed on a vote of 38 (63.33%) to 22 (36.67%).

Cape Girardeau School Board

In the Cape Girardeau School Board election, Kristal Fish Flentge collected 1,915 votes (35.06%) and Paul M. Cairns garnered 1,874 votes (34.31%) as they defeated Kyle McDonald, who received 1,673 votes (30.63%) in a close three-way race.

Cape Girardeau City Council

In contested Cape Girardeau City Council races, Nathan Thomas defeated Andrew Ostrowski in Ward 3 by a vote of 224 (91.43%) to 21 (8.57%); Rhett Pierce defeated Shannon Truxel in Ward 5 by a vote of 461 (54.95%) to 378 (45.05%).

Delta collector

Janie Kirkpatrick defeated Becky Collins to become the Delta collector on a vote of 33 (73.33%) to 12 (26.67%).

Jackson Aldermen

There were no contested Jackson aldermen races in this election. The following ran unopposed and were thereby elected: Eric Fraley, Ward 1; David Reiminger, Ward 2; Michael Seabaugh, Ward 3; and Steven L. Stroder, Ward 4.

Fraley will replace Paul Sander and Stroder will replace Joe Bob Baker, as Sander and Baker are retiring as aldermen and chose not to run again this year.

Gregory Dullum has worked for The Cash-Book Journal for more than 25 years. Prior to becoming the editor in May 2017, he was production manager, circulation manager and reporter. Before moving to Cape Girardeau in 1988, he was editor of the Saint Louis Park Sailor, a weekly community newspaper in suburban Minneapolis, MN. A native of Minnesota, he returned there after graduating with distinction in 1978 from Ambassador College in Pasadena, CA, with a degree in mass communications. His wife, Marie, whom he met in college, is a native of Zalma, a small town in southeast Missouri. They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. Gregory may be reached at

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