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Local Ballot Issues: Nixa Says No To Sales Tax Increase for Law Enforcement and Parks, While Strafford and Fair Play Voters Say Yes

Voters in Nixa decided not to pass a one-percent increase in the city’s sales tax Tuesday that would help fund a new police station and expand parks.

The ballot question failed at the polls Tuesday by nearly 350 votes.

Money from the tax would have been used to pay for a new police station, additional officers and parks improvements.

This summer, the city released plans for its new $13 million police department.

The Parks Department planned to spend $25 million for an 80,000 square foot indoor sports complex, which would have featured four basketball courts that could serve as eight volleyball courts or 12 pickleball courts.

Here are the results of other local issues on the ballot Tuesday in southwest Missouri:

City of Ozark use tax to fund public safety: No–60% Yes–40%

Strafford sales tax for law enforcement: Yes–66% No–34%

Fair Play sales tax for law enforcement: Yes–54.5% No–45.5%

Stotts City Use Tax Issue: No–59% Yes–41%

City of Monett Use Tax Issue: Yes—55% No–45%

Laclede County Surtax Rate Reduction: No—60% Yes–40%