April 7, 2005
Campaigning on a platform of educational issues as her top priority, newcomer Patricia Stinnett was far and away the top vote-getter in the race for three open seats on the Platte County R-3 School Board at Tuesday’s election. Stinnett was joined in victory lane by incumbents Carey Rolofson and Dave Holland. Stinnett, 36, was the lead vote getter with 820 votes. Rolofson had 658 and Holland rounded out the top three with 596. Others running were Mike McMillian with 538 votes, Jeff Hayes 412, Lee Ann Fadler 397 and Mark Cooper 364.
A vendors’ $400,000 local use tax overpayment to Platte County last year has now placed a major dent in the county’s 2005 budget. “Last year our local use tax receipts for the month of March were almost $500,000. This year they were only $3,000,” said Bonnie Brown, treasurer for Platte County. “A refund to a vendor was for money paid in error in 2004. The vendor paid more than they were supposed to by around $400,000,” Brown said.
Parkville residents elected Deborah Butcher to the ward one alderman post being vacated by Charlie Poole. Butcher defeated Tom Hutsler by 52% to 47%. Butcher finished with 171 votes to 155 for Hutsler.
Platte City voters approved a general obligation bond question for streets and storm sewers with 66% approval. But a 3/8 cent road sales tax was soundly defeated, with 65% of voters opposed.