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Friday, October 26, 2018

El Dorado Springs Fire Department gets new truck

Four El Dorado Springs firefighters were recently promoted within the department, voted in by their fellow volunteers. Pictured in front of the new Pierce Saber Fire Truck is new Captain J.R. Stroer, Assistant Fire Chief Craig Carpenter, Assistant Fire Chief Roger Floyd and Captain Austin Taylor.

The El Dorado Springs Volunteer Fire Department took delivery of a new fire truck this week. The 1999 Pierce Saber 4 door enclosed cab includes a 1,500 gallon per minute pump with a 750 gallon water tank and lots of firefighting and safety equipment. 

It also includes Russ Hayes Memorial decals behind each front door so the fallen firefighter is always with the volunteers.

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Black Bull Found

Black bull found. Southeast of Lacyville area. If this is your animal please call 660.679.1218

Facts About the Miami R-1 Tax Levy Increase

Just for clarity, the following article should answer any questions about the upcoming vote regarding Miami R-1 School. Our thanks to Ron Marr

Many people seem to be a bit confused over certain aspects of the upcoming tax levy increase being put before voters in the Miami R-1 School District. This information is not intended as either support or opposition of the proposed increase. Rather, since the question is now being framed as a "tax levy increase" rather than a "school bond issue," it is presented in the interest of fully informing the voting public.

1: Miami R-1 placed a school bond issue on the ballot in both April and August of 2018. The stated purpose was to raise the funds needed to build and modernize a new gym. The issue was narrowly defeated in both elections, owing largely to the fact that, under Missouri law, school bond issues require a minimum of 57.14% of the vote for passage.

2: In the November 2018 election, Miami R-1 is again seeking funding for this project. This time, due most likely to the closeness of the previous votes, the question is being placed on the ballot as a tax levy Increase, rather than a school bond issue. Voters should be aware that only a simple majority is required to pass a tax levy increase (aka: whoever gets the most votes, wins)

3: Miami R-1 seeks to increase the operating tax level by .41 cents per $100 of assessed value. The stated reason for the increase (per the wording of the November 2018 ballot) is to “provide funds for the acquisition, construction, equipping, and furnishing of a new safe and temperature controlled activity center to accommodate athletic activities, concerts, plays, ceremonies and other programs; complete other remodeling and repair improvements to the existing facilities of the District; and to meet the additional operating needs of the District.”

The levy would sunset in 2033. It should be noted that, while the wording on the previous ballots was restricted solely to the building of a new gymnasium, the wording on the Nov. 2018 ballot indicates that the funds collected could be used for any purpose deemed worthy by the school board.


• David Tramel: Coordinator, School Financial and Administrative Services Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

• Dr. Daniel Johnson: Superintendent, Miami R-1 School

Election Dates and Required Passage Percentage

• Bates County Sample Ballot - Nov. 2018

Butler Police Department Job Opening

Butler Police Department is looking for part time help in communications. Must be willing to work nights, weekends, and holidays. Must also be able to pass a background and drug screening. 

Guaranteed 29 hours a week with the potential for more. If interested pick up application at the Butler Police Department.

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Hartzler Applauds Recent Administration Actions to Help Lower Health Care Costs

HARRISONVILLE, MO – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) applauded the Trump Administration’s actions to lower health care costs, citing new U.S. Departments of the Treasury, Health and Human Services, and Labor rule proposals expanding the usability of health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs).  HRAs allow employees to be reimbursed by their employers for healthcare expenses in a tax-advantaged way.  

The proposed rule would permit HRAs to reimburse employees for the cost of individual health insurance coverage, which was prohibited by the previous administration.

“Making HRAs more flexible and allowing them to be used to purchase insurance will lower the cost of healthcare services and empower Americans to choose health plans that work for them,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, who has been an advocate for increasing transparency in medical costs.  “The need for quality, affordable health care continues to be a leading issue with Missouri families, and this new flexibility will help make healthcare more affordable for the American people” added Hartzler.

The proposed rule is part of the Presidential Executive Order Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States, which was signed on October 12, 2017.  This order has been the main tool the Administration has used to lower healthcare costs and increase provider options for the American people.  In addition to HRAs, it prioritized expanded access to association health plans (AHPs) and short-term, limited duration insurance (STLDI) plans.  Final rules were issued earlier this year on AHPs and STLDIs.

“The AHP rule allows small businesses to band together by geography or industry and create health plans as if they were a single large employer. As many as 4 million people could gain coverage under these new plan offerings in the coming years.  Through the STLDI rule, Americans will also have access to short term plans, which will offer even greater flexibility and control over an individual’s healthcare options,” said Hartzler.

For more information on these rules and executive orders, the White House has provided additional details, which can be viewed here

House Fire overnight in Adrian

The Adrian Fire Department along with Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office are on scene of a house fire located at 505 Pin Oak Street in Adrian at this time.

The fire broke out shortly after 1am this morning at the residence. No one was injured and damage is unknown at this time.

Mid America Live News will update when more information is made available to us from the Adrian Fire Department.

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Heads up City of Butler Voters

On November 6, 2018 Butler voters will decide on a ballot issue regarding a USE TAX. Here is the voter information on the USE TAX.

Dry Weather Returns... Nice Weekend Ahead

Cloudy skies will prevail today with clearing expected overnight. Saturday should be a great day with highs climbing into the upper 60s. 

Still warm on Sunday, however gusty winds are expected following the passage of a cold front.

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