Joplin Votes On Bond To Repair, Replace Schools

By: AP Posted By: Stephanie Schultz
By: AP Posted By: Stephanie Schultz

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) _ Voters in Joplin were heading to the polls
Tuesday to decide on a $62 million bond issue to rebuild or replace
10 public schools damaged or destroyed in last May's tornado.

Jasper County Clerk Bonnie Earl expected turnout of about 20
percent in the city.

But while voters may have made up their minds on the bond issue,
there was confusion for some on just where they needed to go to
cast ballots.

The Joplin Globe reports ( ) that the
massive displacement caused by the tornado's devastation of
neighborhoods left some voters uncertain of their precincts or
polling places. Some had to be directed to other sites.

The bond issue needed 57 percent approval to pass. Officials
said it would add $65 to the annual school property tax on a
$100,000 home.

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