April 2 election - road bonds

Pictured is a stretch of Mahogany Road in Jackson Township east of Mozingo Lake. Jackson is one of three Nodaway County townships that will seek voter approval of three-year road maintenance bonds in this year’s April 2 municipal election.

MARYVILLE, Mo. — The early organizational phases of this year’s Tuesday, April 2, municipal election are underway as potential candidates decide whether to seek a spot on the ballot in races that will decide the composition of school boards, town councils and township boards countywide.

The filing period is currently underway and ends Jan. 15.

Maryville voters will decide who gets to fill two open seats on the Maryville R-II Board of Education. Incumbents coming to the end of their three-year terms include Rob Sparks and Josh McKim. 

Sparks is serving out his second full term on the board and McKim his first.

As for the Maryville City Council, recently appointed member Tye Parsons has filed to seek a three-year term in his own right after having been chosen by the governing board to succeed Renee Riedel, who resigned in December to accept an economic development post in Clarinda, Iowa.

According to City Hall, he is the only candidate currently seeking the post.

Riedel was appointed to the council in 2012 to finish out the remaining term of Chad Jackson, who resigned. She was elected in her own right in 2013 and 2016.

Elsewhere in the county, three of Nodaway’s 15 townships — Atchison, Monroe and Jackson — will ask voters to approve road maintenance bonds to be repaid over three years from property tax levies.

Atchison is seeking approval of bond debt in the amount of $180,000. Bond totals in Monroe and Jackson total $100,000 and $150,000 respectively.

The debts will be repaid through a separate property tax from the approximately 90-cent per $100 of assessed valuation levies already in place in all three jurisdictions.

Townships collect transportation maintenance taxes and issue bonds in order to augment the volume of road gravel purchased by the county, which last year amounted to 69 tons per mile applied to Nodaway’s more than 1,100 miles of unpaved rural roadways.

The county’s road rock contribution is funded through a half-cent sales tax that brings in nearly $1 million a year.

South District Commissioner Robert Stiens, who often takes the lead on the governing board when it comes to transportation issues, said that ideally every mile of gravel road should be covered with 100 tons of gravel each spring.

While some townships are able to achieve that level of maintenance, he said, others make do with less.

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Staff writer Anthony Brown can be reached at tbrown@maryvilledailyforum.com or by calling the newspaper at 660.562.2424.