Missouri Storm Water Control Finance, Amendment 4 (2008)

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The Missouri Storm Water Control Finance Amendment, also known as Constitutional Amendment 4, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 4, 2008 ballot in Missouri, where it was approved.

The amendment changed provisions in the Missouri Constitution relating to the financing of storm water control projects.

Election results

Missouri Constitutional Amendment 4 (Storm Water Control Finance)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,494,107 57.8%
No1,088,72842.2%

Official results via: Missouri Secretary of State - Elections Division

Background

Currently, the Missouri Constitution allows the legislature to issue bonds or other types of debt so that grants and loans may be provided to municipalities and water and sewer districts in certain counties and cities for stormwater control.

Specific Provisions

This amendment enacted the following provisions:

  • Limit funding to only public water and sewer districts.
  • Remove the current limitation on the amount of funds that can be made available for these projects.
  • Remove the restrictions on the method of disbursing these funds.
  • Provide that loan repayment funds shall be deposited into a specific fund to be used for stormwater control projects.
  • Have no impact on taxes.[1]


Support

Supporters included:

  • 94th General Assembly.
  • Marc Thornsberry, Springfield Public Works Director[2]


Editorial Support:

  • The Kansas City Star[3]
  • Missouri Family Network[4]

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[5]

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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