Missouri Storm Water Control Finance, Amendment 4 (2008)

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The Missouri Storm Water Control Finance Amendment, also known as Amendment 4, was on the November 4, 2008 ballot in Missouri as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure limited the availability of grants and loans to public water and sewer districts only, removed the cap on available funding and existing restrictions on disbursements and required loan repayments be used only for storm water control projects.[1]

Election results

Missouri Amendment 4 (2008)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,494,107 57.85%
No1,088,72842.15%

Election results via: Missouri Secretary of State - Elections Division

Text of measure

The question on the ballot appeared as:[1]

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to change provisions relating to the financing of stormwater control projects by:

  • limiting availability of grants and loans to public water and sewer districts only;
  • removing the cap on available funding and existing restrictions on disbursements;
  • requiring loan repayments to be used only for stormwater control projects?

It is estimated the cost to state governmental entities is $0 to $236,000 annually. It is estimated state governmental entities will save approximately $7,500 for each bond issuance. It is estimated local governmental entities participating in this program may experience savings, however the amount is unknown. [2]

Support

Supporters included:

  • 94th General Assembly.
  • Marc Thornsberry, Springfield Public Works Director[3]


Editorial Support:

  • The Kansas City Star[4]
  • Missouri Family Network[5]

Supporting Arguments

Notable arguments made in support of the measure included:

  • It would lead to quicker access to the stormwater funds, allowing faster improvements.
  • It would not increase state taxes.

Opposition

Editorial Opponents:

  • GoneMild.com[6]

Arguments in Opposition

Notable arguments made in opposition to the measure included:

  • It will transfer millions of tax dollars to special interest groups.
  • Its language is misleading to voters about where tax dollars are going.
  • Passage will support voter disengagement.

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