A nickel tax proposal by Taylor County School District was voted down last week.
Voters said no to the tax in Tuesday’s special election with 2,276 voting “Against” the tax and 2,144 voting “For” the tax.
Results from the first few precincts showed the “For” votes pulling ahead. But as the final precincts came in, the “Against” votes steadily took over.
In all, 4,420 votes were cast. About 11,000 were eligible to vote on the question. Only registered voters living within the county school district boundaries could vote.
The process began in February when Taylor County School Board members unanimously adopted the additional nickel tax. Petitions to force the issue to a public vote began circulating the following weekend.
In March, the petition was turned over to Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney’s office with 1,773 signatures. Using voter records for verification, 1,575 of 1,773 signatures were validated. In all, only 819 signatures were required to get the issue on the ballot.
Last month, School Board members voted to have a special election. The election cost an estimated $15,000, according to Carney, which the School District will pay.
The District wanted to use the nickel tax and matching state funds to build new elementary and high schools, as well as renovate the existing middle and high school buildings.
An attempt to impose a nickel tax in LaRue County was voted down 2,941 to 443 in January 2008.