Today is a municipal election for many counties in Missouri, a day to vote for mayor, aldermen, school board members and propositions. This is only a couple of weeks after the federal primary election. What's even more mind boggling is that there will be another primary, this time in August I believe, to choose party candidates for congress and senate and state and federal office who will then run in November.
It seems to me that Missouri could save some election money by doing what other states do and putting all the federal/state primary offices in one election.
One interesting proposition being voted on today is Prop B which will essentially preserve the existing sales tax on out of state and person to person vehicle sales.
This means that if a Missouri resident buys a car in Illinois they have to pay Missouri sales tax. In 2012 the Missouri Supreme Court struck down this sales tax on titling vehicles purchased out of state. Then in 2013 the state legislature "fixed" this ruling by allowing jurisdictions to continue collecting the sales tax, but said the tax must be approved by local voters on the ballot by the November 2016 election. If isn’t placed on the ballot or is voted down, the tax will be terminated.
So here we are voting to allow this tax to continue. We found ourselves in this position when we bought my Ford Sport Trac truck a couple of years ago. The only place we found this vehicle which we'd been searching for, was over in Illinois at Koetting Ford. Dale and I are trying to remember if we paid Illinois sales tax as well as Missouri. I know we had to pay Missouri when we titled it, did we pay both states? I'll have to dig out the records.
In Clayton there is no competition for the office of mayor, he's running unopposed which is fairly typical here. There is competition for school board seats.