Today, August 7, in the states of Washington, Ohio, Michigan and Missouri, residents will decide on several local issues.
In Washington, fifteen counties have items on their election ballot. One notable measure is a vote in King County concerning the local youth center. The measure seeks to increase the current property tax rate in order to help pay for rebuilding and refurbishing the current center. Those in favor believe the facility badly needs upgrades to ensure that services are up to current standards. On the other hand opponents state that funds could be used elsewhere and higher taxes lead to further burdens on residents.
In Ohio, thirty counties have posted information about issues on their ballots for the election. A measure in the Buckeye Valley School District will let voters decide on a combined income tax and bond measure option. The income tax would go towards school operational costs and the bond would go towards paying for a new school facility as well as renovation coats.
In Michigan, forty counties posted information about local issues for the August 7 ballot. A notable measure is in the city of Detroit where the Detroit Institute of Arts is seeking to have its own permanent levy to fund services and programs. Those in favor of the levy have stated that with a dedicated levy, the museum would not have to worry about funding. Opponents have stated that those who use the museum should pay and that it would not be beneficial to residents to have further tax increases in the city.
In Missouri, several counties have posted election information, and in Springfield. two proposed charter amendments are of significance to future petitions in the city. One seeks to change the signature requirement amount for proposed petitions in the city. The amendment would make it so that there would need to be signatures from 7 percent of all total registered voters for a petition to be valid. The current requirement is 10 percent of voters who participated in the last election. Opponents to the amendment have stated that this would result in a more difficult path to the ballot for initiative proposals, while proponents have stressed that this will encourage those wanting to place issues on a future ballot to work harder for the extra signatures.
Results for these measures will be posted on Ballotpedia as soon as they are reported by County officials. Results for all other measures on the ballot will be available in the days following the election.