During the April 7, Municipal Election area voters will be asked to consider various issues that aim to increase taxes to provide for the police department and for the Chillicothe R-Ii School district.

City voters are being asked to pass a 25 cent per $100 sales tax increase to benefit the Chillicothe Police Department.

A public forum will be held at 6:30 p.m., on March 16 at CMU, 920 Washington St., regarding the sales tax measure on the April 7 ballot. Chief Jon Maples, City Administrator Darin Chappell and Mayor Theresa Kelly will all be on hand to answer questions.

The proposed ballot language for the city sales tax increase reads: “Shall the City of Chillicothe, Missouri, be authorized to increase its general sales tax by one-quarter of one percent (¼ of 1%), to be used to acquire and or improve police facilities, acquire police equipment, maintain police services and recruit, train and retain police officers.”

On April 7, Chillicothe R-II patrons will also consider an increase to the Chillicothe R-II School District’s operating levy. The Chillicothe Board of Education has planned two public forums. The first will be held at 7 p.m., March 18, at the Chillicothe High School Library; and at 6 p.m. March 30 in Livingston County Library CourtRoom.

During the forums, Superintendent Dan Wiebers will give a short presentation about the issue and then members of the Board of Education and Wiebers will field any questions from those in attendance.

The proposed ballot language for the school’s tax levy increase reads:

“Shall the Board of Education of Chillicothe R-II School District, Livingston County, Missouri be authorized (1) beginning in 2020 to increase the operating tax levy for school operating purposes by sixty-eight cents ($0.68) per one hundreder dollars of assessed valuation, and (2) beginning in 2023, to increase the operating tax levy for school operating purposes by another 12 cents ($0.12) per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation, which will replace an operating tax levy in the same amount that will expire by its terms in 2023. If this question is approved, the adjusted operating levy of the District is estimated to be $4.43 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation.”

Those who are unable to attend the forums may also email their questions about the proposed levy increase to Wiebers at dwiebers@chillicotheschools.org, or call the district office at 660-646-4566.