NEW MADRID - Voters in two New Madrid communities backed proposals to provide funds for community improvements in Tuesday's election.
Only Matthews and New Madrid had issues on the ballot and although voter turnout was low, all passed by a large margins.
The city of Matthews received approval to issue $2 million in revenue bonds to acquire, construct, extend and improve the city's existing water and sewer system.
The unofficial tally provided by New Madrid County Clerk Clement Cravens was 51 yes votes to 11 no votes on the issue. In Ward 1, there were 20 yes votes and 6 no while Ward 2 voters cast 30 yes votes compared to only 5 no votes. One absentee ballot was cast in favor of the issue.
The improvements are being required by the Department of Natural Resources to bring the city's sewerage system in compliance with new laws. The bonds will be repaid through revenues earned from the operation of the system.
There were 168 voters in New Madrid who favored a proposed one-half of 1 percent sales tax for storm water control and parks. There were 59 voters who opposed the issue.
On a second sales tax of one-half of 1 percent to be used for transportation purposes, 161 voters favored this compared to 65 who voted against the issue.
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