(WGEM) – Voters approved a public smoking ban in Hannibal Tuesday evening, with 1,653 "yes" votes to 1,309 "no" votes. The ban disallow smoking in all indoor public places and city owned vehicles. (See "Strong beliefs swirl around proposed smoking ban in Hannibal") Most of the city's buildings have been smoke free for over 10 years and the Admiral Coontz Armory banned smoking in 2010.
In other elections, Revere C-3 school district voters approved to annex into the Clark County R-1 district by a margin of 179 "yes" votes to 43 "no" votes. (See "Revere C-3 could be annexed, voters to decide") The annexation proposal will now go to the Clark County School Board for final approval.
In Lewis County, voters approved a tax hike to support the county health department with 916 "yes" votes to 505 "no" votes.
In the Paris R-2 school district, voters approved a $1.2 million bond issue, with 369 "yes" votes to 77 "no" votes. A $1.4 million bond issue also passed in the Van-Far R-1 district and a $2.3 million bond in Knox County R-1. A tax levy question also passed in Shelby County R-IV. Tax questions are on the ballot for voters in Marion Co. R-2.
In Ralls County, voters approve the first tax levy in 25 years to help support the county's ambulance service with 1,033 "yes" votes to 315 "no" votes. If the levy was not approved, county officials said the ambulance service district would likely dissolve. (See "Ralls County voters to decide fate of ambulance service")
Road maintenance and repairs tax increases all passed in Clark County, Lewis County, Knox City, Scotland County and Vandalia decide on tax and bond questions for funds to maintain roads.
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