Voter registration deadline

The South Howell County Ambulance District and the City of West Plains have called a Special Election in Howell County to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Absentee ballot for the election are now available in the Howell County Clerk's Office.

Absentee ballots are available to persons who expect to be out of town on election day, incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability. To receive an absentee ballot by mail, an application must be received in the County Clerk's Office no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Persons wishing to vote an absentee ballot by mail are encouraged to submit their applications early, in order to have ample time to receive and return their ballot no later than election day.

Absentee ballots may be voted in person in the County Clerk's Office located on the first floor of the Howell County Office Building in the West Plains until 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2.

The voter registration deadline to vote in the election will be at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Applications to register by mail must be post marked no later than Oct. 7. Persons who are registered, but have moved, is encouraged to transfer their registration in order to avoid delays in voting on election day.

Persons wishing to register may do so at the County Clerk's Office located on the first floor of the Howell County Office Building in West Plains, Willow Springs City Hall or Mountain View City Hall.

Ballot issues include:

South Howell County Ambulance District question ''As provided by section 321.552 RSMo, shall the South Howell County Ambulance District be authorized to impose a sales tax of up to 1/2 of one percent for the purpose of providing revenues for the operation of the District on the condition that the property tax levy on properties within the District shall also be reduced annually by an amount which reduces the District's property tax revenues by an amount equal to fifty percent of the prior year's sales tax revenue? (It is projected that this mandatory rollback will reduce the District's property tax to zero.)

City of West Plains question ''Shall the City of West Plains discontinue applying and collecting the local sales tax on the titling of motor vehicles, trailers, boats, and outboard motors that are purchased from a source other than a licensed Missouri dealer? Approval of this measure will result in a reduction of local revenue to provide for vital services for West Plains, Missouri and it will place Missouri dealers of motor vehicles, outboard motors, boats and trailers at a competitive disadvantage to non-Missouri dealers of motor vehicles, outboard motors, boats and trailers.''

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