The football and soccer field at Southern Boone R-1 high school in Ashland (2021 file photo courtesy of district spokesman Matt Sharp)

15 percent voter turnout projected in Boone County for April

The football and soccer field at Southern Boone R-1 high school in Ashland (2021 file photo courtesy of district spokesman Matt Sharp)

Boone County clerk Brianna Lennon is predicting a 15 percent voter turnout for the April election.

Voters in Columbia, Ashland and Boone County will be casting ballots in April on local use tax issues. A use tax is a sales tax on online sales.

Columbia voters will be electing a new mayor, since incumbent Brian Treece is not seeking re-election.

Columbia Public Schools (CPS) patrons will vote on an $80 million bond issue. If voters approved the measure, CPS will build a $25 million new elementary school on the John Warner property. They’ll also do a $15 million addition and renovation at the Columbia Area Career Center (CACC).

Suzette Waters, Blake Willoughby, Andrea Lisenby and Adam Burks are seeking two seats on Columbia’s school board.

Voters in the Southern Boone R-1 district in Ashland will cast ballots on a $3 million bond issue to improve aging outdoor facilities at the high school. Southern Boone officials say there are safety issues with the football and soccer field, caused by wet weather and usage in September and October.

The bond issue would pay for new artificial turf and would resurface the track, which is more than 20 years old.

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