St. Louis County, City Prepares for the June 5 Special Election
Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday to decide on Proposition Y.
Updated Monday as of 5:20 p.m.
With another Election Day looming in Florissant, voters have one major issue looming at them Tuesday.
We're giving voters some guidance, as we connect readers with our past stories and information to get them ready to head to the polls.
When to Vote
Polls open Tuesday at 6 a.m. Residents will have the opportunity to vote all day until polls close at 7 p.m.
Where to Vote
If you’re not sure where you should vote, St. Louis County’s Board of Elections provides two ways to find your polling place. You can enter your address on the Vote Missouri website or look at the PDF document provided by the board of elections.
What is Proposition Y
If St. Louisans vote yes, sewer rates for the average single-family MSD user would rise from roughly $29 for the average single family to roughly $44 by mid-2015. The new rate effective July 1 of this year would be about $31.
By contrast, a rejection of the measure would raise that average rate to about $64 effective July 1 of this year. That figure would then rise to about $65 by mid-2015.
MSD must increase its rates to begin paying for $4.7 billion in upgrades mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The expenses stem from a settlement announced in August.
The upgrades will help correct more than 350 sewer overflows in the St. Louis area and will be made over 23 years, according to a primer document from MSD. They will address violations of the Clean Water Act.
For more information on the issues, check out:
- Sample Ballot (PDF): June 5, 2012
- Sewer Vote Would Slow Guaranteed MSD Rate Increase
- Election 2012: Sewer Vote June 5 Flows from Clean Water Act
- Clayton Groups Give $36,000 to Stem Sewer Rates; Election Day is June 5
Check back Tuesday for the results.