Aug. 4 Primary Election Information

Last day to register was Wednesday, July 8.

Register to vote or update your registration for Boone County residents

In June 2020, Senate Bill 631 was officially signed by Governor Parson, expanding options for voters in 2020 and creating two ways to vote by mail:

  • Absentee ballots: Voters may request an absentee ballot if they have or are at-risk for contracting or transmitting COVID-19 in addition to the reasons listed below. Voters using that excuse or the excuse of incapacity or confinement due to illness or injury do not need their ballots notarized. Voters can return their absentee ballots by mail or in person, including curbside drop off at our office by calling (573) 886-4375 to schedule a drop off time. Voters can request an absentee ballot online on our absentee page.
  • Mail-in ballots: The law also creates the option of mail-in ballot that any voter can request in person or by mail. Voters that choose a mail-in ballot must have their ballot notarized and must return their ballot by mail only. The mail-in ballot application is available as a PDF and can be mailed to the Boone County Clerk’s Office, attn: Mail-in Ballot, 801 E. Walnut, Room 236, Columbia MO 65201.

Whether you plan to vote by absentee or mail-in ballot, the deadline to apply for a mailed ballot is 5 p.m. on July 22 for the August Primary election and 5 p.m. on Oct. 21 for the November General election.

All ballots must be received in the Boone County Clerk’s Office by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

If you are already registered but have changed addresses within Boone County, you can update your registration through and including Election Day.


Registered Missourians who expect to be prevented from going to their polling place on Election Day may vote absentee beginning six weeks prior to an election.

Absentee voters must provide one of the following reasons for voting absentee:

  1. Absence on Election Day from the jurisdiction of the election authority in which such voter is registered to vote;
  2. Incapacity or confinement due to illness or physical disability, including a person who is primarily responsible for the physical care of a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability;
  3. Religious belief or practice;
  4. Employment as an election authority, as a member of an election authority, or by an election authority at a location other than such voter’s polling place;
  5. Incarceration, provided all qualifications for voting are retained.
Voters can request absentee ballots in person, by fax, mail or email. Relatives within the second degree (spouse, parents and children) may complete an absentee ballot application, in person, on behalf of the voter who wishes to vote absentee.
Absentee ballot requests must be received by the election authority no later than the 5:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday prior to any election. Voters can vote by absentee in the office of the election authority until 5:00 p.m. the night before the election.
Voters requesting an absentee ballot by mail who have registered by mail and have not voted in person are required to submit a copy of their personal identification unless they provided a copy with their registration application.

Examples of acceptable identification are:

  1. Identification issued by the state of Missouri, an agency of the state, or a local election authority of the state;
  2. Identification issued by the United States government or agency thereof;
  3. Identification issued by an institution of higher education, including a university, college, vocational and technical school, located within the state of Missouri;
  4. A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that contains the name and address of the voter;
  5. Driver’s license or state identification card issued by another state; or
  6. Other identification approved by the secretary of state under rules promulgated pursuant to subsection 3 of this section other identification approved by federal law.
This identification requirement, as well as the notary requirement for absentee ballots, does not apply to overseas voters, those on active military duty or members of their immediate family living with them or voters who are permanently disabled and their caregivers.
Graphic from Boone County Clerk’s office.

Boone County Commissioners’ actions damage public trust

Boone County Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill and District II Comissioner Janet Thompson betrayed public trust and blatantly violated the Sunshine Law by intentionally trying to call an official county meeting without the knowledge of fellow District I Commissioner Fred Parry.

If their secret meeting happened, the two commissioners would have had a quorum to conduct official county business and decide important issues without the knowledge or input of the other elected commissioner. Half the county’s voters, through their elected representative on the commission, would have been silenced.

These shady actions only damage the public’s trust in city and county government during this public health situation, especially when they give no public comment and make no apology regarding excluding Parry from their meeting notices.

Imagine the uproar if Republicans in Jefferson City attempted to call a session without notifying their Democratic colleagues. By trying to conduct business outside of established rules and procedures, these commissioners have shown they cannot be entrusted with leading Boone County.

Changes and Cancellations Due to COVID-19

We know this is a very trying time for everyone, and we are in this situation with you. Many of us have our lives disrupted in small and big ways, whether through simple things like shopping and having to wait to enter a store, trying to work from home for the first time, or even friends and family who may not have a job for a few weeks.

But it’s not a matter of if we can overcome this situation. It’s a matter of when. We as a country have pulled through worse times, including the Civil War, world wars, the Spanish influenza epidemic, the Great Depression and 9-11. As much negativity I see on social media and news directed to all our elected leaders about their decisions, I also know the can-do attitude of the people of this country will get us through this trying time.

As an example, a St. Louis brewer, on their own, is converting from making beer to hand sanitizer for the duration of this pandemic. This conversion is not possible in many countries, but it is here, where the government does not own the means of production and our supply chains are highly dispersed. I fully expect to see many more stories like this in the coming weeks.

The Boone County Republican Party has canceled most events for the time being, with the county caucus radically altered from previous years. These cancellations and alterations are keeping with CDC recommendations and to promote social distancing to help prevent the spread of this deadly disease.

If you have questions about what precautions you should take with the COVID-19 coronavirus, please visit, or call the 24/7 hotline at 877-435-8411.

Mike Zweifel
Chairman, Boone County Republican Party

CANCELED – March Meetings

The Columbia Pachyderm Club will not meet today or next Friday. April meetings are still TBD.

POSTPONED – Lincoln Days Banquet

Originally scheduled for Friday, April 3. New date TBD.

UPDATED – County Caucus

The caucus will now be a conference call among county committee members. Some updated information listed on our caucus webpage with more to be published there.

MOVED – Municipal Election
  • The April 7 Municipal Election has been moved to June 2.
  • The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot (Section 115.279, RSMo) shall be May 20.
  • In-person absentee ballots may be cast until 5 p.m. on June 1.
  • The closing date to register to vote in this election will still be March 11.
  • The deadline for filing as a write-in candidate for office remains March 27 at 5 p.m.

There is more information at the Secretary of State’s website.

REMINDER – Filing Period

The filing period for county committeepeople, county and state-level offices is still 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 31. If you want to be on the county committee for the 2020-2022 term, go to the Boone County Clerk’s office to file. It is free to file for the committee.

UPDATE: Boone County 2020 Republican Caucus

UPDATE 3-19-20:
Due to the extraordinary circumstances due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, and subsequent recommendations from the CDC, the state Republican Party has instructed all counties to hold their caucus via conference call. This year’s caucus will be held as a virtual event.

Please email us if you are interested in being on the Congressional convention slate and/or the state convention slate. The conventions are still scheduled as planned for May 30 in Sedalia and June 20 in St. Charles, respectively.

  • No in-person caucus.
  • Telephone conference call with only central committee members participating and voting on April 4.
  • County committee members only will vote on slates, which can be presented by any member of the central committee. They can be submitted during the phone call.
  • All submitted slates will be read aloud.
  • County committee will vote on one slate for Congressional and one slate for State conventions.
  • Missouri Republican Party will allow individuals to submit platform suggestions online, and all suggestions will be reviewed and considered by the Platform Committee.

Email Boone County Republican Party chairman Mike Zweifel if you have questions.

More information about the caucus procedures to be announced soon.

Who: All self-declared Republicans who are registered to vote in Boone County by the March 10 presidential preference primary are eligible to attend.
When: Saturday, April 4; registration begins at 9 a.m. and event begins at 10 a.m. sharp
Where: Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center
Why: To elect delegates to attend the state and congressional conventions and to submit amendments for the proposed party platform.

Volunteers needed to help with check-in and other needed spots. Please email us to support and help your Republican county caucus.

The county caucus is the start of the process to select delegates that will represent Missouri at the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, NC this August. It is also the start of the party platform review process.

Pre-register for the Boone County Republican Caucus here. By pre-registering, you will be able to quickly enter the caucus as you will be pre-determined to be eligible or not to participate. To be eligible to participate, you must be a self-declared Republican who is registered to vote in Boone County and was eligible to vote in the 2020 presidential preference primary. You will just need to show a photo ID to enter if eligible.

Boone County will have 37 delegates to the congressional convention on May 30 in Sedalia, and 37 delegates to the state convention on June 20 in St. Charles. Boone County’s delegates must be elected by slate only. Please email us if you are interested in being on one or both slates. In addition to these slates, alternate slates of 37 delegates for each convention are needed in case delegate(s) cannot attend and alternate delegates are needed to fill Boone County’s 37 allotted spots.

Trump/Pence buttons, bumper stickers, hats and more will be available for set donation amounts to the Boone County Republican Central Committee. This committee is responsible for conducting the caucus plus many other duties that support your Republican Party in Boone County. The committee asks for your financial support to help elect Republicans at the local, state and federal levels.

Please visit the Missouri Republican Party’s caucus page for more information about the caucuses and their process.

Links of interest:

2020 election dates of note:

  • Feb. 25, 2020: First day for statewide and local candidate filing
  • March 10, 2020: Presidential Preference Primary
  • March 31, 2020: Last day for statewide and local and candidate filing
  • April 3, 2020: Boone County Lincoln Day Banquet
  • April 4, 2020: Boone County Republican Caucus
  • April 7, 2020: General Municipal Election Day
  • May 30, 2020: 4th Congressional District Convention, 10 a.m.
  • June 2, 2020: General Municipal Election Day
  • June 19-20, 2020: Missouri Republican Party State Convention, St. Charles Convention Center
  • Aug. 4, 2020: Missouri Primary Election
  • Aug. 24-27, 2020: Republican National Convention, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Nov. 3, 2020: General Election

Gearing Up for the 2020 Elections

In my previous note, I highlighted several municipal offices that are up for election in April around Boone County. Filing for these end soon if you are considering running this year. Be thinking about running in 2021 and beyond if your city council seat is not up this time.

For those of you wanting to be involved with this year’s elections by volunteering, contributing financially, or following us on Facebook, there will be plenty of chances to support President Trump’s re-election campaign plus all our statewide and local Republican candidates. We plan to have an election headquarters, which will support candidates and GOP organizations. We’ll also be in parades, have get-out-the-vote efforts and host events.

Your local Republican Party has monthly meetings to give you a chance to meet grassroots Republicans and to become connected with like-minded individuals. The party meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Conley Road HyVee Club Room starting at 7 p.m. Several openings exist on the central committee currently, and all spots are up for election in August if you file during the filing period. Attend our January meeting to learn more.

Another way you can help is to be a Republican election judge on Election Days. With four elections in Boone County this year (March presidential preference, April municipal, August primary and November general), we need to fill our allotment of Republican election judges to make sure precincts run smoothly and that potential issues are handled according to state law. Please send us an email to get on our list of judges that we submit to the county clerk.

Finally, update your voter registration if you have moved within Boone County, or register to vote in Boone County if you have moved here, with the Boone County Clerk’s office. This will help reduce problems and confusion on Election Day.

Mike Zweifel
Chairman, Boone County Republican Party

Running for Local Office

Filing for seats that are up for election in April 2020 is currently going on in Boone County and around Missouri. There are positions on school boards, city councils and other public boards and commissions that impact your daily life in several ways, including your property tax bill, sales taxes, costly regulations and more.

Local boards and commissions are great ways to make the most immediate and direct impact on how to improve your and your neighbors’ lives. Openings on Boone County boards and councils include, but are not limited to, the:

Filing closes Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. for most local offices that are up for election on April 7, 2020. Be sure to know all requirements and qualifications for running for that particular office.

Although these are non-partisan offices, our experienced and knowledgeable grassroots can be a great asset in creating a campaign committee and network for volunteers if you want to seek public office and lean to the right politically.

If you are interested in running for office, but have questions or would like to reach out to learn more, feel free to email me to begin the conversation.

Mike Zweifel
Chairman, Boone County Republican Party

Dec. 17 Christmas Party and Toy Drive

gop_christmasparty.jpgJoin fellow Boone County Republicans for a holiday get-together 6–8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 at the Heidelberg in Columbia!

Share in the holiday spirit as we come together for gratitude and holiday cheer before election season kicks into high gear. Free to attend, with drinks and entrees on your own. Heavy appetizers provided. This event is co-hosted by the Boone County Pachyderm Club and the Boone County Republican Central Committee (BCRCC).

The BCRCC will accept donations to support Republican election efforts in Boone County. The silent auction will have a few items up for bid as well!

We will also collect toys and gift cards listed below for Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home  in Harrisburg at our party, and we will make sure to get the items to them in time for Santa’s big night! If you can’t make our event but would still like to donate a toy or item, contact us via email by Dec. 12 and we can arrange a pick up.

Marvel Movies, Disney Pixar and Christmas movies

Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins, Maze Runner series, Hunger Game series, Minecraft books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and the Dog Man books by Dav Pilkey, Curious George, Dr. Seuss, and Cindy Lee books

Columbia Mall, Sky Zone, Midway Golf and Games, going to the Movies, or ice skating and roller skating in Jeff City

Walmart, Amazon, Dollar General, Shoe Carnival, and Gamestop

Wendy’s, McDonalds, Chick Fil A, and Andy’s Ice Cream

Popcorn, nuts, pretzels, Cheezit, Chex Mix, and Jerky

Melissa and Doug toys, Legos, Nerf/Laser Guns, Playdoh, Craft/activity Kits, Art Supplies (paint, paint brushes, construction paper, coloring books, modeling clay, canvases, and glitter glue pens) Fidget Toys, and sports equipment (Basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, jump ropes, or other outdoor activities)

Amazon Lists:
Book list-

Therapy and Foster Care Program list-

One year to go

Yesterday, Nov. 3, marked one year to the day for the 2020 General Election. There will be a lot of work between now and then for your Boone County Republican Central Committee to complete. This work includes hosting fundraisers, recruiting candidates, preparing for the Boone County Republican Caucus, get-out-the-vote efforts and more for us to re-elect President Trump and Vice-President Pence, secure victories for our statewide candidates, and continue to grow the GOP in Boone County with re-election and first-time wins.

Want to get involved to help secure those victories? Currently, there are several vacancies on the Boone County Republican Central Committee that can be filled immediately instead of waiting until committee reorganization next August. This is one of the best ways to stay informed about upcoming volunteer opportunities, help identify candidates and create new Republican contacts at the local and state levels. Your financial contributions will also help us achieve our goals of opening an election headquarters to host events to help all Boone County Republican candidates and volunteers.

Please see the list below for upcoming 2020 dates that need your support and participation. There will be plenty of additions, but please keep these dates in mind:

  • Nov. 26, 2019: Presidential Preference Primary filing opens
  • Dec. 24, 2019: Presidential Preference Primary filing closes
  • Feb. 12, 2020: Last day to register to vote in the presidential preference primary if not already a registered voter
  • Feb. 21-23: State Lincoln Days, University Plaza, Springfield
  • Feb. 25, 2020: First day for statewide and local candidate filing
  • March 10, 2020: Presidential Preference Primary
  • March 31, 2020: Last day for statewide and local and candidate filing
  • April 3, 2020: Boone County Lincoln Day Banquet
  • April 4, 2020: Boone County Republican Caucus, 10 a.m., location TBA
  • April 7, 2020: General Municipal Election Day
  • May 30, 2020: 4th Congressional District Convention, 10 a.m., location TBA
  • June 19-20, 2020: Missouri Republican Party State Convention, St. Charles Convention Center
  • Aug. 4, 2020: Missouri Primary Election
  • Aug. 24-27, 2020: Republican National Convention, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Nov. 3, 2020: General Election

To become an involved Boone County Republican in 2020, please attend our Tuesday, Nov. 19 meeting at the Conley Road HyVee Club Room, starting at 7 p.m. The room is on the 2nd floor, above the restaurant area in the HyVee at the Hwy. 63 and Broadway intersection. This meeting is open to all Republicans. We know we will need Election Judges, door-to-door volunteers, parade participants, sign coordinators, volunteers for our caucus and more.

Mike Zweifel
Chairman, Boone County Republican Party

Running for elected office?

Want to make a difference in your neighborhood? Want to be a force for change and represent your community? Support the Republican Party platform and values?

Your Boone County Republican Party is actively recruiting candidates to run for office in next year’s elections, including several county-level positions. If you are interested in running for any office, I encourage you to attend our next Central Committee meeting, which will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the Conley Road HyVee Club Room. The Party is planning for the 2020 elections and we can support your potential campaign with volunteers, hosting events, training and more. All Central Committee meetings are open to all Republicans.

With municipal elections in April, school board seats, city council seats and more throughout Boone County will be up for grabs. Think about running for one of those available non-partisan seats to change your community if you do not want to seek a partisan office. These boards and commissions implement rules, taxes and other policies that may help or hurt your finances more directly than laws passed in Jefferson City or Washington, D.C.

Your Boone County Republican Central Committee, which conducts the business of the Republican Party in Boone County, will also have all seats open next year, with a culmination of a reorganization in August after the primary election. The reorganization happens every two years, and many spots are currently available for potential appointment before next year. Attend our meeting to learn more about the Committee’s responsibilities and efforts, including maintaining the county website, fundraising and supporting Republican candidates.

Mike Zweifel
Chairman, Boone County Republican Party

Opposing Columbia’s CAAP

Update: The original post below is based on the original 50-page CAAP proposal that was placed on the city’s website on April 22. An updated 103-page plan was placed on the city’s site on May 23. Many of the same questions below remain, however. This plan is still too expensive, too invasive and places too much of a burden on Columbia residents. It will also infringe on people’s personal rights and property rights.

Please contact Mayor Brian Treece and your councilperson by Monday, June 17 at 5 p.m., and urge them to vote “No” on what amounts to a “Green New Deal” for Columbia. This proposal will be voted on at the June 17 City Council meeting and we encourage you to attend that meeting and voice your opposition.

Note: A final-draft version was uploaded to the city’s website no earlier than June 5, 2019. This means the final draft will have less than two weeks of review before being voted upon.

Why Oppose?

  • On page 39 of the plan as it is currently online, the plan states that “this plan may be funded by increasing existing revenue sources or creating new ones.” So the city knows it will need to increase its revenue, a.k.a. taxes, to fund this plan already.
  • The Wedge Analysis on page 47 of the draft “Does not take costs of actions into consideration (i.e., assumes that the City will find and commit funding to the action). From where will the money come if a tax increase is voted down? If taken from other city services, what will be cut? Public safety? Road maintenance?
  • On page 51 of the updated plan, the statement is made that rebates and landlord requirements will help tenants spend less money on energy.  This ignores that fact that energy efficiency improvements cost money to implement and that these costs will be passed on to tenants in the form of increased rent.  It is not at all clear that the net effect will be to reduce costs overall for the tenant.
  • Under the proposed strategies in this section, H-1.1.4 appears to read that you will need the city’s input and possible permission to sell your home or transfer your property because they want to put an energy performance rating on your home’s listing. Will a city energy inspector need to visit your home to give it a passing grade before you can sell it?
  • Renewable programs increase the costs of electricity. A recent study published by the University of Chicago found that programs significantly increase average retail electricity prices, with prices increasing by 11 percent (1.3 cents per kWh) seven years after the policy’s passage into law and 17 percent (2 cents per kWh) twelve years afterward. All in all, seven years after passage, consumers in 29 states had paid $125.2 billion more for electricity than they would have in the absence of the programs. Columbians will pay more for their electricity.
  • Goal T-1.2.1 discusses building a thriving public transit system. There is absolutely no reason to believe that bus service can be made efficient enough to get a large number of people to ride. In fact, the city just cut a number of bus routes starting this week because of poor ridership. So as of now, the city is not even following their own CAAP goals.
  • The energy demand forecast on page 28 does not take into account anticipated future demand from electric vehicles. How can you plan for something when you don’t take everything into account? Will businesses and homeowners need to do even more energy saving beyond what is recommended/required to account for electric vehicles?
  • The City will have to “Build City staff capacity” to support this plan, so there are additional city workers that will need to be hired. If this proposal is a priority, per the letter from the Climate Task Force, will public safety personnel be let go in order to hire the city’s new Climate Patrol? Or will higher taxes be needed to pay for all this?
  • The city wants to encourage water conservation through a new rate structure and new building codes, but why? There is no water shortage. Does Columbia Water and Light exist to serve the residents of Columbia, or does is exist to dictate to them how much water they should use?
  • The current draft plan states that over 1,900 respondes to the community surveys. That is less than 2% of Columbia’s population. Did the city really get the entire community’s input for this plan? Or did they get the responses they wanted to hear? The Climate Task Force, from which they received citizen input, believes “combating climate change is the preeminent mission of our time.” Yet in the 2019 State of the City address, the interim city manager stated “residents thought were most important for the City to provide were public safety services and the condition of City streets.” Seems like conflicting messages being put out by the city.

These are just a few reasons to oppose this measure. Be sure to contact your city councilperson and Mayor Treece.

Mike Zweifel
Chair, Boone County Republican Party

ORIGINAL POST: The Boone County Republican Party officially opposes the City of Columbia’s current Climate Action and Adaptation Plan for the following reasons:

  1. Increase of City staff (page 11 and page 28 of the CAAP draft) when there are already fiscal issues facing the city. Where will the money come from to fund new staff, when the city was projected to run a $21 million deficit for the 2019 fiscal year?1
  2. The Wedge Analysis on page 33 of the draft “Does not take costs of actions into consideration (i.e., assumes that the City will find and commit funding to the action). From where will the money come? If taken from other city services, what will be cut? Public safety? Road maintenance?
  3. Mandate that “all rental housing will be required to meet basic energy efficiency standards at license renewal.” The City will force rental property owners to upgrade their units, thereby causing higher costs that will result in rent increases for tenants. These rate increases may hurt economically disadvantaged renters. Or close complexes entirely if they are not at code, forcing people out of their residences. This provision works against the city’s goal of increasing affordable housing.
  4. There are many incentives listed throughout this document to help meet the goals of the plan. Where will the money come from to pay for these incentives to attain “behavior change”?
  5. “Building a thriving public transit system” is a priority strategy listed on page 41 of the proposal. However, the City is cutting back on its transit system by four routes, Saturday service and special event service as of June 1, 2019. If people are not riding the buses now, why will they in the future?
  6. Columbia is a work destination city and a visitor destination. Employees from all over Boone County and central Missouri drive to Columbia Monday-Friday to work at MBS, MU, State Farm, 3M, Boone Hospital and other employers. City visitors spend money each and every day in Columbia. The plan does not address these commuters and visitors. It treats them as afterthoughts when this plan will “prioritize people walking, biking, and riding transit while also accommodating vehicles.” These visitors generate tax revenue for the city to help pay for these programs, and this plan treats them as an inconvenience.
  7. Increase in business regulations (throughout listed goals) that will increase business costs which will be passed onto consumers.
  8. Require the use of roll carts for all single-family home solid waste services (page 44 of the CAAP draft). City voters rejected this idea in 2016. Mandatory roll carts were eliminated from the updated proposal.
  9. The energy demand forecast on page 23 does not take into account anticipated future demand from electric vehicles. Will businesses and homeowners need to do even more energy saving beyond what is recommended/required to account for electric vehicles?
  10. Wind and solar energy generation are dependent upon consistent conditions that are inconsistent at best in central Missouri. Is there a back-up plan when the sun is visible only 10 hours a day in winter and can’t recharge our homes for heat at night and cars to drive to work?
  11. Wind energy also has the very real potential to harm and kill avian wildlife, especially bald eagles that make their way through Boone County every year during their annual migration.
  12. The CAAP only considers the mid- to worst-case 4.5 C increase scenario at the year 2100 from the National Climate Assessment. The models projected 1.5 C to 4.5 C, but this plan only takes into account 3.0 – 4.5 C increases. Why plan for the absolute worst with its high costs when it may not happen, especially since recently observed temperatures are tracking at the 1.5 C level and below? According to NASA and other agencies, low sunspot activity and atmospheric observations might lead to a new “Little Ice Age”?3
  13. Renewable programs increase the costs of electricity. A recent study published by the University of Chicago found that programs significantly increase average retail electricity prices, with prices increasing by 11 percent (1.3 cents per kWh) seven years after the policy’s passage into law and 17 percent (2 cents per kWh) twelve years afterward. All in all, seven years after passage, consumers in 29 states had paid $125.2 billion more for electricity than they would have in the absence of the policy.4

This plan does not mention the word “litter”. One of the most immediate action items that can be taken right now to improve our environment is to pick up litter and trash along our roadways. Perhaps instead of paying monetary fines, the city municipal court could sentence those convicted of traffic violations and other similar charges to pick up litter along Columbia’s roads as community service, if the court is not doing that already. Providing an opportunity for community service could help those that are economically disadvantaged not go further into debt.

The Boone County Republican Party believes this plan cannot be implemented without a severe increase in cost to citizens, workers and visitors in the form of higher taxes, plus decreases to other essential city services like public safety. This plan will infringe on people’s property rights and personal rights if fully implemented. This plan is based on a worst-case scenario that based on historical data for the last 100+ years, will not happen.

Instead of government mandates on property owners, let property owners themselves determine if they want to build a green complex and use that as a selling point to potential tenants. The Boone County Republican Party supports market-based solutions to finding solutions to clean, renewable energy and environmental sustainability that will not increase people’s energy bills.

We also support legislation like Rep. Chuck Bayse’s House Bill 606 from this past legislative session, which would have allowed school children to ride city buses. Currently, all Missouri schoolchildren are mandated ride on standard yellow buses. This legislation would reduce overall fuel usage and allow Columbia Public Schools to spend their tax dollars in other areas.

We appreciate the current programs and services provided by the City of Columbia when it comes to safeguarding our environment. Many of us use the city-owned recycling and yard waste drop-off centers, parks and trails, and much more. But we believe this plan is too expensive, too invasive and too much.

Mike Zweifel
Chair, Boone County Republican Party