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Clay County residents on edge over vote to restructure government

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LIBERTY, MO (KCTV) -

People were in quite a panic when they got a flyer claiming school districts could shut down depending on what voters decide Tuesday in Clay County.

Several school districts and one of the constitution's authors say those warnings are simply not true.

"It said, 'no constitutional vote. Vote no on Nov. 5,'" said Ella Frank, who saw the anti-constitution signs.

But the flyers go beyond telling voters to pass on the proposed Clay County constitution.

It warns of schools being closed after Election Day and the elimination of senior services, disabled and mental health funding. It even hints at the possibility of county jobs being lost.

Both the Kearney and North Kansas City school districts released statements Monday afternoon saying "their schools will be open and serving students."

Jason Frank, whose children attend one of those districts, never believed the flyers.

"To intentionally come and lie to us about what was going to happen does not improve your case one bit," he said.

Co-chairman Craig Porter, of Clay County Constitution Commission, said it is all false. He said this is needed to streamline county government by establishing a county council and county administrator instead of having an individual assessor for each department.

"It is scare tactics to try and beat this thing, because I think deep down they know it is a better document and a better way for the county to go," Porter said.

A Liberty-based group called "The Voters Have Spoken" is behind the flyers. KCTV5 reached out to the group for explanation but has not heard back.

Parents frustrated with the flyers also point out that they also don't support the county's push for a constitution either. Voters will have their say one way or another in Tuesday's election.

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