Election day is a week away, and Missouri voters must decide which ballot issues will pass.
The local issues:
- Proposition 1, the park sales tax, would renew a one-eighth-cent sales tax that voters approved in 2000 and renewed in 2005. The tax revenue would go toward the Parks and Recreation Department's capital improvements fund.
- Proposition 2, if passed, would make the use of Tasers or any "conducted electrical device" a Class A misdemeanor. It would apply to all citizens, including the Columbia Police Department and the Boone County Sheriff's Department.
The statewide issues:
- Proposition A would amend Missouri law to set standards for earnings tax. If it passes, in St. Louis and Kansas City (the only Missouri cities with such a tax), residents would vote in April 2011 whether to continue their 1 percent taxes on income and business revenues. The amendment would also prohibit any other Missouri city from enacting an earnings tax.
- Proposition B, if passed, would regulate dog breeders and the space in which they keep their dogs. It would include tightening rules about the design of enclosures, veterinary care, dogs' breeding cycles, access to food and water and the number of animals kept for breeding, according to a previous Missourian report.
For more information, visit the Missourian's voters guide, complete with information about candidates and issues.