Columbia business district delays election with 1 voter

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Board members of a downtown Columbia business improvement district will not seek an election on a half-cent sales tax increase that would be decided by only one voter.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the Business Loop Community Improvement District board decided Monday to delay the vote but said they were optimistic a tax increase might pass in the future.

The district planned to hold an August election, seeking to raise about $220,000 to fund improvement projects. Board members thought only property owners in the district would vote, but discovered that Jan Henderson registered to vote from her business loop address. Under state law, that meant only Henderson would vote on the sales tax.

Henderson told the board she wanted to hear the board’s views and continue with the election.

Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com