Not So Victorious

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 12:28 AM

Well, my votes didn't go so well today. Mayor Tom Brown, who has been considered virtually invincible in the past, lost by over 10% of the vote. Two tax hikes passed, one for $.86 per $100 going to the Francis Howell School district (who has had money “disappear” — as accounting fraud and the like — in recent years and was claiming the hike was necessary to save extracirricular activities such as sports). FH School District really should learn how to manage the money it has before getting yet another tax hike.

Depressing. I'm especially disappointed to see our long-time mayor lose. The new guy (Shawn Brown, no relation to Tom Brown) made his big campaign issue the fact that the new mayor's salary increases by $3,000 a year, and thus Mayor Brown would have been paid $100,000 this year ($40,000 base + $3,000 for each of his twenty years of service as mayor). On the other hand the new Brown only gets the $40,000 for his first year. It is too bad, Mayor Brown has been good for the area.

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RE: Not So Victorious

One wonders, how many voted for the wrong brown?

Posted by Josiah Ritchie - Apr 08, 2004 | 9:53 PM- Location:

RE: Not So Victorious

Josiah brings up a good question, I wonder the same thing!!!

Posted by Pressed - Apr 08, 2004 | 11:45 PM- Location: MO

RE: Not So Victorious

I’m not sure. The interesting thing is that this isn’t the first time that two Browns have been on the ballot. In 1996, the election was Thomas W. Brown vs. Thomas W. Brown (no, that isn’t a typo). Someone else with the exact same name ran against Mayor Brown. Incidentally both Shawn Brown (the new mayor as of 7:30 tonight) and the other Thomas W. Brown were prevented initially from being in the election this year for failing to pay taxes. Shawn Brown took a lawsuit to the Missouri Supreme Court to get in, the other Thomas Brown just didn’t bother (he was only running for alderman this time).

In ‘96 to avoid confusion the incumbant Mayor Brown switch from running as “Thomas W. Brown” to “Tom Brown” thus at least making things a bit less confusing… but not much. :-)

Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Apr 09, 2004 | 1:08 AM- Location: St. Peters, MO

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