FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 23, 2013
Contact: Laura Swinford, (573) 522-2592
Initiative Petition Relating to Funding for Technology Initiatives in Southwest Missouri Approved for Circulation for 2014 Ballot
Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced that an initiative petition relating to funding for technology initiatives in southwest Missouri met state standards for circulation.
The official ballot title for the initiative petition, 2014-063, reads:
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to establish a one-tenth of one percent state sales/use tax for one year to be used for technology initiatives in southwest Missouri with the purpose of providing funding for new companies, jobs, and research and development?
This proposed constitutional amendment will impose a sales tax of one-tenth of one percent for one year. The additional revenues of approximately $73 million will be used for the promotion and development of Technology Parks in southwest Missouri. State governmental entities will have one-time increased operating costs of about $139,000.
The petition, which would amend Article IV of the Missouri Constitution, was submitted by Steven L. Reed, 1441 S. Estate Ave., Springfield, MO 65084.
Before any constitutional changes can be brought before Missouri voters in the November 2014 election, signatures must be obtained from registered voters equal to eight (8) percent of the total votes cast in the 2012 governor's election from six of the state's eight congressional districts.
Signatures on behalf of all initiative petitions for the 2014 ballot are due to the secretary of state’s office by no later than 5 p.m. on May 4, 2014.
Before circulating petitions, state law requires that groups must first have the form of their petition approved by the secretary of state and attorney general. The secretary of state then prepares a summary statement of no more than 100 words and the state auditor prepares a fiscal impact statement, both of which are subject to the approval of the attorney general. When both statements are approved, they become the official ballot title.
Visit www.sos.mo.gov to learn more about the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State.
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