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The April 2022 elections are upon us. To help you sort out the races on your ballot, we’ve rounded up our coverage of races in Boone County.

Mayor of Colombia

With outgoing Mayor Brian Treece not seeking re-electionthe seat of mayor will be occupied by a new face for the first time in more than six years.

Four candidates are vying for the position:

Former contestant Maria Oropallo dropped out of the race last month.

Continued:Meet the four candidates running to become Columbia’s new mayor on April 5

Continued:Randy Minchew maintains fundraising lead among Columbia mayoral candidates

Colombia City Council

Two Columbia City Council seats will be on the ballot: Third and Fourth Wards.

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Continued:Fourth Ward Candidates Talk Use of Taxes, Leadership Diversity and Vision for the City’s Future

A fresh face is guaranteed for the Fourth Ward seat, as current council member Ian Thomas not seeking re-election. Outgoing Third Ward council member Karl Skala is running again to represent the Third Ward.

Here are the candidates for the city council:

Third quarter

fourth quarter

Candidates for the Columbia School Board, clockwise from top left: Adam Burks, Andrea Lisenby, Blake Willoughby and Suzette Waters.

School Board of Colombia

Four candidates are vying for the Columbia School Board this year. Two of the nominees will have a seat on the school board for three-year terms.

Continued:Meet the four candidates running for the Columbia Board of Education on April 5

Unlike some recent years, all school board nominees are white. Della Streaty-Wilhoit, one of three current black school board members, has decided not to run again. The only starter to run in this race is Blake Willoughby.

Continued:Columbia School Board Candidates: How to Approach Teacher Compensation and Retention

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Here are the candidates:

Passing the internet use tax, which will pass voters in Columbia and Boone County on April 5, would subject purchases from out-of-state online sellers to the same tax rates sales than purchases made from local vendors.

Proposal 1

Proposal 1, the Internet usage tax for voters to consider in the April 5 ballot, has two parts: one to impose a Boone County usage tax and the other to impose a of Use of the City of Columbia.

The use tax would subject purchases from online sellers located out of state to the same sales tax rates as purchases made from local sellers.

The municipal use tax would be 2%, equal to the sales tax already imposed within the city limits. The county use tax would be at the rate of 1.75%.

If both are passed, residents living within Columbia city limits would be subject to both taxes for a combined rate of 3.75%.

You can read more about use tax here.

School bond issues

Columbia Public Schools placed an $80 million bond issue in the April 5 ballot. Plans with estimated income include two new elementary schools as well as additions and renovations to the Columbia Area Career Center.

Ballot bond projects for Boone County’s outlying districts range from sports stadium repairs and restroom renovations to classroom additions and kitchen renovations.

Outside of Columbia, costs range from $3 million in Southern Boone and Harrisburg school districts to $10 million in Centralia. Between these is a $6 million bond issue in the Hallsville School District.

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None of the bond issues would result in a tax increase for residents. All require a 57% majority for approval.

Learn more about the bond issues on the ballot in Boone County here.

Continued:Boone County election roundup: Ashland and Hallsville contested mayoral races