Absentee Voters in the City of Potosi are now voting on the single question that is on the ballot for Tuesday, Nov. 5th.
The City of Potosi Aldermen approved an Ordinance to do away with the City’s elected Collector position and go to an appointed Collector on Monday, August 5th, 2019.
Mayor T.R. Dudley noted that the County has been collecting City of Potosi taxes since 2009, which also includes the city vehicle (formerly city sticker) fee.
Mayor Dudley went on to say, “Brenda Smith has been in charge of collecting business license fees and issuing the business licenses for the City for over ten years.”
The Mayor went on to explain that there are three full time and one part-time City office workers at City Hall who collect and record the City’s utility billing. By way of the Ordinance the City Collector position is paid $280 per week. The City Council separated the Clerk and the Collector positions as a cost saving mechanism for the City.
The Ordinance #1156 is titled: City Collector - from Elected to Appointed.
The Oridinance says: An Ordinance providing for the holding of an election within and for the City of Potosi, Missouri, on the question of the appointment of a Collector and setting the time at which said ordinance shall become effective.
Be it ordained by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Potosi as follows:
Whereas, section 79.050, Missouri Revised Statutes, provides that the Board of Aldermen may provide by ordinance, after approval of a majority of the voters voting at an election at which the issue is submitted, for the appointment of a Collector, and
Whereas, the Board deems it advisable and in the best interests of the citizens of the City of Potosi, to appoint a Collector;
Now therefore, be it ordained by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Potosi as follows:
Section 1. That an election shall be and the same is hereby called and ordered to be held in the City of Potosi, Missouri, on the 5th day of November, 2019 for the purpose of submitting to the qualified electors of said city the following proposition:
Proposition No. 1
Shall the Board of Aldermen of the City of Potosi, Missouri, provide by ordinance for the appointment of a Collector as provided for by the Statutes of the State of Missouri?
Section 2. That the Election Authority of the County of Washington, Missouri (hereinafter, the “Election Authority”) shall conduct the election. Not later than 5:00 p.m. on the eighth Tuesday of the election, the purpose of the election, the date of the election and it shall include a certified copy of the legal notice to published and the sample ballot.
Section 3. That notice of the special election shall be given by the Election Authority by causing legal notice thereof to be published in the manner required by applicable law (Chapter 115.127, Revised Statutes of Missouri, as amended). The legal notice of the election shall include the purpose, date and time of the election, the name of the officer or agency calling the election, a sample ballot and the location fo the polling place or places.
Section 4. That said election will be held at the polling places designated by the Election Authority pursuant to Section 115.115 RSMo in the city.
Section 5. That the special election shall be held and conducted, and the results thereof shall be canvassed in all respects in conformity with the Constitution and the laws of the State of Missouri. The judges of the election shall be selected and appointed by the Election Authority, in accordance with applicable law. The returns of the election shall be certified to the City by the Washington County Election Authority. The City Clerk and the Election Authority are hereby authorized to take all action necessary or appropriate such that the election shall be conducted in full compliance with the requirements of applicable law and particularly the Comprehensive Election Act of 2077 (Chapter 115, Revised Statutes of Missouri, as amended).
Section 6. That this ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage and approval.
Duly read and passed 5th day of August 2019.
/s/Thomas R. Dudley, Mayor
/s/Brenda Smith, City Clerk
Approved this 5th day of August, 2019
/s/Thomas R. Dudley, Mayor
/s/Brenda Smith, City Clerk
City of Potosi Seal
The City’s seat for Collector has been vacant since Roger (R.P.) Coleman resigned his position earlier this year.
Coleman officially resigned on January 7th, 2019. He left the City to enter a career in the private sector. Coleman had served as City Collector/Clerk since 2002.
The seat that Coleman vacated, Collector, has traditionally been the City Collector/City Clerk position at City Hall. After Coleman’s resignation, the seat was unfilled. The City decided to operate with staff on hand at the City Hall and long time employee Kathy Richards had been doing day to day operations for the position for some time.
This summer, the City gave Brenda Smith, another long time city employee, the position and title of City Clerk. Adjustments have been made within staff for the City and daily operations continue. At the City Hall, residents will find Debbie Jacobsen, City Financial Officer; Kathy Richards, Utilities; Brenda Smith, City Clerk; Tiffany Cain, Human Resources; Jessica Holloway, Office Staff and Regena Zimmerman, Court Clerk.
The proposition will be voted on at a Special Election held on Tuesday, November 5th, 2019. The Washington County Clerk, the Election Authority, will host the election from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on that Tuesday.