Today is the day to vote in local elections in Missouri with some municipalities having more to consider than others. In Clayton voters will be deciding on 4 ballot proposals, each asking for various tax increases. Oddly, unlike most local cities, it is rare for Clayton voters to turn down a requested tax increase so it will be interesting to see if this will still hold true seeing as how there are 4 this time.
1. Prop A- a 1/4 cent sales tax increase would provide funding to help the city maintain current fire and EMS services.
2. Prop B- Neighborhood Streets-a 15 million dollar bond proposal would provide funding to resurface and repave more than 50 percent of the city's neighborhood streets and update street lighting.
3. Prop C-Growth-An additional 1/4 cent sales tax would provide funding for the city to continute economic development programs to strengthen the city's economy, by keeping Clayton competitive and attract and retain business and increasing downtown's vitality.
4. Prop D-Shaw Park Square-a 12.6 million dollar bond issue to replace the current Shaw Park facilities with a year-round venue for recreation, cultural events, and field sports, as well as a new regulation size ice rink in the winter. The outdoor space would feature a translucent, open-air, pavilion to provide protection from rain and snow, while a new field house would support the tennis courts, ice rink and field sports.
As to candidates for the Board of Aldermen, there is only one running and he is unopposed which is pretty much the norm for Clayton. Rarely does a candidate for aldermen have competition. Mark Winnings in Ward 3.