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Elections are Tuesday in some Missouri suburbs

Updated: 2013-08-05T04:45:39Z

Tuesday is election day in several Missouri-side communities where voters will consider local ballot issues.

In Jackson County:

• In the Blue Springs/Grain Valley area, the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District is asking to raise taxes over three years by 15 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. In addition, the state license for ambulance service in Blue Springs would be transferred from the city to the fire district. If the proposal passes, Blue Springs will phase out its subsidy of the fire district.

• The Lotawana Fire Protection District wants to raise its levy by 25 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to meet increasing costs, hire at least one part-time employee and finance future equipment replacement.

In Clay County:

• Liberty voters will decide whether to issue $95 million in bonds to extend and improve its sewage system.

• Smithville voters will decide whether to increase the Smithville Area Fire Protection District levy by 30 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to increase staffing, operate a new fire station and fund other operating costs.

All questions need a simple majority to pass.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Learn more at jcebmo.org (Jackson County) and claycoelections.com (Clay County). No elections are scheduled in Platte and Cass counties.

| Elaine Adams and Richard Espinoza, The Star

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