Branson voters elect a new slate of officers at City Hall. Former Ward Two councilman Larry Milton defeated incumbent mayor Edd Akers and challenger Karen Best with nearly 52 percent of the vote. Melton’s vacated council seat was filled by Cody Fenton who ran un-opposed. Branson Ward One Alderman Bob Simmons did not seek re-election. Clay Cooper won that seat with 63 percent of the vote in a three-way race against Rod Romine and Jantzen Craine. In Ward Three, challenger Ruth Denham beat Julia King who had filled an unexpired term.
Branson’s Tourism Tax was reinstated with nearly an 80 percent favorable vote on the lodging tax, and a 75 percent yes vote on the dining tax.
For Branson School Board, incumbents Cole Currier and Dan Boone won re-election.
In Merriam Woods, voters chose Rhonda Merriman as Ward Two Alderman, and Nikki Hendrick as Alderman, Ward Three.
Hollister school district patrons approved a $5 million dollar bond issue and 17-cent tax levy increase for improved facilities and salaries.
Central Taney County Fire Protection District voters approved a levy increase to support the district, and 61 percent of Rockaway Beach voters said “no” to implementing a local use tax.
For a link to the detailed results from Tuesday’s Municipal Election, click here.