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Elmer, Missouri - Early History
Elmer Becomes a City
The citizens of Elmer voted their village into a fourth class city at a special election, Tuesday, January 26, 1960. The total of the votes was 96 for and 12 against.
The city of Elmer is now entitled to vote up to, but not to exceed, 20% of the total assessed valuation for any public improvements, such as a water system, sewer system, parks, public buildings, fire equipment, and other civil needs. The village can only vote 5% of the valuation. The change in status did not increase any tax changes.
The citizens of Elmer were happy to see their town progress and not stand still. Many looked forward to improvements that were to be made.
(reprinted from Elmer Community History, 1976)