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April 2010 Dixon election results
DIXON, Mo. (April 7, 2010) — Following two failed votes and the closure of the Dixon city library, residents of Dixon decided Tuesday by a 116 to 81 margin to approve a special property tax of 15 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to fund the library.

Mayor Darrell French said he’s pleased by the vote and expects to bring a proposal to the city council at its next meeting on Monday to reopen the library.

“It was a very good election,” French said. “We are happy and even though we won’t get the money until later, we will probably open it at least part-time.”

In the area’s only other contested race, voters returned Dixon R-I School Board incumbent Tina Vrba to the board with 294 votes and Tommy Nichols had the highest total with 326 votes. Robbie Yoakum wasn’t far behind with 271 votes, but two other candidates, Patrick Duncan and Steve Roberson, trailed with 91 and 77 votes, respectively.

The five candidates generally performed equally well in the part of the school district north and south of the Pulaski-Maries county line, with the major exception of Robbie Yoakum who took first place in Maries County with 55 votes, outpolling Nichols’ 48 votes and Vrba’s 47 votes in Maries County. Yoakum also placed first in the small portion of the Dixon R-I School District located in Phelps County, receiving four votes compared to two each for the winning candidates and one for Duncan.

City elections saw all three incumbents elected without opposition. Ward I Alderman Steve Martin received 35 votes, Ward II Alderman Lynn Whitten received 84 votes and Ward III Alderman William Carter received 54 votes.

Dixon city residents are the only ones in all of Pulaski County who don’t pay taxes to support the Pulaski County Library District, which has branches in Waynesville, Richland and Crocker. The countywide library is supported by a 15 cent property tax levy; Dixon voters had approved a 5 cent levy years ago, but that wasn’t generating even close to the amount of money needed to run the library.

A merger with the county library system had been considered previously, but a merger would have required approving a 15 cent tax rate. Voters earlier rejected that proposal and the county library board has since decided to spend its money to upgrade the county library in Waynesville rather than taking on the additional costs needed to run a Dixon branch library.

 
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Dixon R-I School District (2 elected)
 
 
 
 
 
   Tina Vrba (inc.)
11
234
245
47
2
294
   Tommy Nichols
10
266
276
48
2
326
   Steve Roberson
4
64
68
9
0
77
   Robbie Yoakum
10
202
212
55
4
271
   Patrick Duncan
4
75
79
11
1
91
Dixon Ward I Alderman: Steve Martin (inc.)
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35
35
 
 
35
Dixon Ward II Alderman: Lynn Whitten (inc.)
2
82
84
 
 
84
Dixon Ward III Alderman: William Carter (inc.)
2
52
54
 
 
54
Dixon City Library Tax
 
 
 
 
 
 
   Yes
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114
116
 
 
116
   No
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79
81
 
 
81

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