Proposition 1 on the April 2 ballot would generate about $9.3 million a year if passed. Opponents argue the sales tax is unfair to the poor and that plans for how to spend the money are lacking.
Revenue from Proposition 1 would go toward a new dispatch center for the 911 operation to replace the Joint Communications Center. It would also upgrade equipment and add staff.
A three-eighths-cent sales tax on the April 2 ballot would provide millions of dollars to build and staff a new facility.
Candidates for the mayoral, Third Ward and Fourth Ward seats discussed the Columbia Regional Airport, job creation and economic incentives at Thursday's candidates forum.
The forms, filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission, revealed patterns of support heading into the April 2 election.
The tax, which appears as Proposition 1 on the April ballot, would generate more than $9 million a year.
Republicans outraised Democrats with $222,598 compared with $172,960.
Fewer people participated in Tuesday's election both nationwide and in Boone County, which indicates that campaigns have failed to mobilize the electorate.
President Barack Obama rolled to re-election Tuesday night and spoke to thousands of cheering voters in Chicago. Earlier, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney conceded the election during a speech in Boston.
The county often strayed from larger trends in races across Missouri, showing a more liberal tendency in a state that generally leaned strongly in the other direction.
The majority of voters in Boone and seven other counties and the city of St. Louis approved the measure, but it failed nonetheless.
In the hours after the election Republicans and Democratic leaders said they are willing to steer toward compromise, as messy as it might be.
Maine and Maryland became the first states ever to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. And in Minnesota, voters rejected a proposal to place a ban on gay-marriage in the state constitution, a step taken in past elections in 30 other states.
Richards and her family learned the news at a watch party at The Blue Note on Tuesday night.
Republicans had renewed control of the House within their grasp early Wednesday as the two parties traded gains from the Eastern seaboard to the Southwest.
An exit poll by The Associated Press found that a majority of Missouri voters said U.S. Rep. Todd Akin's comments about rape factored into their vote. Women were slightly more likely to admit to their consideration of the comment when making a voting decision.
On the morning after Election Day, we took a look at mid-Missourians' reactions to statewide ballot proposals, and to other national political issues.
Ron Leone, head of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, said the tax increase would cost Missouri its competitive advantage in the cigarette market.
If Obama cannot end gridlock, his second term will be reduced to veto threats, empty promises, end runs around Congress and legacy-sealing forays into foreign lands.
Complete but unofficial returns show the GOP apparently will have 110 seats in the 163-member House.