Kirksville parks win on election night

The final vote Tuesday was 1,490 'yes' votes to 679 'no' votes. (KTVO File)

Northeast Missouri voters decided on a number of races and issues during Tuesday's general municipal election.

One of the most-publicized ballot initiatives was Kirksville's Half-Cent Parks and Recreation Sales Tax.

The votes have been tabulated, and the unofficial results show the measure passed by more than a 2-1 margin.

The final vote Tuesday was 1,490 'yes' votes to 679 'no' votes.

Kirksville city leaders and supporters of the parks and rec sales tax were anxiously waiting for the results to come in.

Both Kirksville City Manager Mari Macomber and Kirksville Assistant City Manager Ashley Young were on hand at the Adair County Courthouse as the ballots were being counted.

They were thrilled to learn that an estimated $1.2 million per year will now be generated for the Parks and Recreation Department.

Young told KTVO Tuesday night that he believes the citizens knew what was best for the city when they headed to the polls.

"This ballot question was about the kind of community that we want for ourselves and for our children, and for our children's children. The folks came out {Tuesday} and overwhelmingly voted yes to improve the existing parks and recreation system, to have an actual Parks and Recreation Department and I believe, ultimately, to prove that Kirksville is a community that can come together and really make a difference."

The Kirksville Half-Cent Parks and Recreation Sales Tax will go into effect October 1, 2017.

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