All precincts have been counted in the Taney County General Municipal Election. The proposed tax levy for a public library failed. Josh Smith was a vocal opponent of the 15-cent taxation. He says the voters had a voice:
Voters in Forsyth approved the R-III School District to borrow 4-million dollars for the purpose of constructing, renovating and improving existing school facilities to include installing technology, safety and security improvements. The levy is estimated to remain unchanged.
Approved is the Fire Protection Sales tax in the City of Forsyth. The one-fourth of one percent sales tax will provide revenues for the operation of the municipal fire department.
Voters in the Kirbyville R-VI School District approved a 1-million 650-thousand loan for the purpose of constructing and furnishing tornado shelters at the middle school and elementary school. The adjusted debt service levy of the School District is estimated to remain unchanged.
Contested Municipal Elections:
There is a new mayor in Forsyth. Eddie Coleman defeated incumbent Michael Chipman by a slim majority. In the City of Hollister, David Willard won a contested race for Alderman of Ward II. Terry Segrist won his first election against Jeff Coffell in Rockaway Beach as Alderman of Ward I. Segrist says the children in Rockaway and surrounding communities need something to do; referring to a skating rink:
In Branson, Raeanne Presley won her fourth consecutive term as mayor. She defeated challenger Larry Milton. Presley says she’s looking forward to serving another term:
Branson incumbent Ward II Alderman Rick Todd defeated Patrick Crisp.
In the Village of Merriam Woods, Jerry Strunk, Jack Gadberry and David Pendleton were elected to serve a two year term as Trustee.
School Board Elections:
Voters in Branson, Forsyth and Hollister school districts in were asked to vote for two candidates to serve a 3-year term as Directors of the Districts Board of Education respectively.
In the Branson R-IV School District, Debbie Keller and Roger Frieze comfortably defeated Dale Speelman and Josh Smith. Hometown Daily News spoke with Frieze shortly after all precincts were counted. Frieze is celebrating his second term to the School Board:
Frieze says integrating technology has to be a priority, but finding the funds to do that is going to be the challenge.
The Forsyth R-II School District elected Alissha Woody and Ben Roberts, defeating Jayson Fisher.
Hollister R-V School District elected Jerry “Jae” Jones and Andrew Penrod, defeating Ted Wilczynski.