Prop. A results in question following Ward 4 clerical miscue.

The James Memorial Library Tax, Proposition A, a 30-cent property tax levy passed by two votes 340 to 338 during the Aug. 5 vote.

City officials advocated the tax as a necessary measure to keep both the library and city park open. The city came into control of the properties in 2013 after a transfer from The James Foundation. 

City administrator Jeff Davis was previously quoted as saying the city had "no plan B" should the tax fail. 

The success of the measure is called into question after an early ballot mixup during election day, when 11 voters did not receive the correct ballot at the VFW Ward 4 polling location in St. James.

The mixup occurred when Ward 4 voters were accidentally given out-of-city ballots, which didn't include the the library tax proposition. 

The complication arose in the morning and was caught after 89 voters had cast their ballots

Carol Bennett, Phelps County Clerk, said officials from her office responded to the polling location to address the issue. 

"I sent my staff out and once we realized what had been done, we went through the book and identified the people who had been given an out-of-city ballot rather than an in-city ballot," Bennett said. 

The office, reportedly, contacted the individuals who were given the incorrect ballot and given the opportunity to cast a single-issue ballot. Of the 11, nine re-voted and two did not respond. 

St. James Mayor Dennis Wilson said the results were "unbelievable," and he considered the measured passed, despite the narrow margins and the clerical miscue. 

"It does bring into question whether it would have passed by a few votes more or whether it would have lost by a few votes," Wilson said. "It's hard to speculate. 

"We are very thankful for the support of the tax, with another tax on the ballot," Wilson said, speaking in regard to the MoDOT transportation tax, which was projected to fail at press deadline. 

"Now we are going to have to continue using the library to convince the citizens that  the tax was the right way to go," Wilson said.