Voters approved some taxes and rejected others in special elections Tuesday in Jackson and Clay counties.
Voters in the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District approved a 15-cent property tax increase over three years. Control of ambulance service in Blue Springs will be transferred from the city to the fire district. The vote was 2,220 yes to 1,013 no, or 69 percent to 31 percent.
In the Lotawana Fire Protection District, voters narrowly rejected a 25-cent property tax hike to meet rising costs, hire at least one part-time employee and plan for future equipment replacement. The vote was 89 no to 84 yes, or 51 percent to 49 percent.
Voters in Liberty overwhelmingly authorized $95 million in bonds for sewage improvements. The vote was 1,018 yes to 95 no, or 91 percent to 9 percent.
But voters in the Smithville Area Fire Protection District strongly rejected a 30-cent property tax increase to staff a new fire station and meet other costs. The vote was 1,044 no to 349 yes, or 75 percent to 25 percent.