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Cass County: Jeff Davis is the new Belton mayor: Kerckhoff prevails in Raymore

Updated: 2013-04-03T02:06:38Z

The votes have been counted in Cass County, and here are some highlights:

•  Belton: Jeff Davis will be the next mayor of Belton. He replaces Jimmy Odom, who had been mayor since 2005 but moved to the Cass County Commission this year. Davis and Davidson, who both have City Council experience, received 57 percent and 40 percent of the vote respectively. Ricky Patel got 3 percent.

City Council winners were Jeff Fletcher, Chet Trutzel and Al Hoag Sr.

Voters also considered three ballot questions related to water and sewer service, approving two proposals but rejecting a third.

Nearly 67 percent of voters approved Question 1, a $13.9 million water bond issue to finance a water tower and other improvements. More than 65 percent of voters approved Question 2, which will fund almost $14.5 million in sewer system upgrades.

But 60 percent of voters rejected a use tax that would have generated about $450,000 every year to cover part of the overhead for water and sewer operations. That will mean a bigger rate boost for customers.

• Raymore: In a rematch for Raymore mayor, the outcome was the same as last time. Incumbent Peter Kerckhoff again defeated City Councilman Jeffrey Adams. Kerckhoff got 78 percent of the vote.

Winning City Council seats were Kevin Kellogg, Ryan Wescoat, Derek Moorhead and Charlene Hubach.

•  Pleasant Hill: Almost 75 percent of voters approved a quarter-cent sales tax that will finance a new $2 million aquatic center. The city’s existing pool, built in 1977 and updated in 1998, has significant maintenance issues and will not open this summer. It would have cost $65,000 to make the pool operational for this year and $171,000 in other repairs to make it last until 2017, the city said. A simple majority was required.

| Glenn E. Rice and Brian Burnes, the Star

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