Another election issue is getting nasty, and now criminal

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by Maggie Crane / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on October 29, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 29 at 8:00 PM

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo (KMOV.com) -- It appears that someone is singling out the Hillsboro Library District in Jefferson County.  The signs for that campaign are the only ones damaged in Hillsboro.  It’s also the only initiative that asks school district voters to pay more taxes.

“We’re in the United States of America, and if you have a difference of opinion and you find that this tax is not of your liking and you disagree with it, then you, thank God, have the right to vote no,” Karen Huskey, Hillsboro Library District committee chairwoman, said.  “Don’t use my sign to present your ideas.”

A couple of cans of blue and white spray paint have changed a $7,000 campaign for a new library into a crime.  It’s against the law to deface politcal signs, and police are looking for the culprit.  Someone is painting over the support signs to change ‘Yes’ to ‘No.’  A third sign has disappeared all together.  Library supporters say that it too was first defaced before someone apparently ripped it out.

It’s hard to believe anyone would be opposed to a library, especially considering the closest one is 20 miles away.  Unless, it’s about the cost.

“We’ve never hidden the point that this is a tax increase,” Huskey said.

For a yes vote, if you have a $100,000 home, you’ll pay $3.16 a month, or about $38 a year for a new, local library.  But no matter your opinion, sharing it illegally can cost you a whole lot more.

 

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