Boone County voters defeat school levy by almost 3-to-1 margin
by Susan Williams, The Charleston Gazette
MADISON - Boone County voters soundly defeated a school bond measure Saturday; the money would have been used to build at least one school and to improve others.
People against the measure cast 2,640 votes. Those who favored it cast 931 votes.
In an earlier interview with The Gazette, Boone County Schools Superintendent John Hudson explained that plans for improvements to elementary, middle and high schools would total $68 million. But he also pointed out that the state School Building Authority would contribute $23 million to the total, if voters approved the levy.
In some school fiscal measures, voters approve an existing bond or levy and do not incur increased taxes.
But Hudson explained from the beginning that passage of the bond issue would mean an increase in property taxes.
As in most school bond issues, supporters who want new and/or improved schools rallied in favor of the measure.
But in this case, people against the bond found ammunition when they learned that a teacher and a principal were accused of smoking methamphetamine at the Boone County Career and Technical Center. Because this drug is toxic, the school had to be closed and an expensive cleanup started. As was reported in an earlier Gazette story, many people against the bond used this situation as an example of why they did not want to vote to raise their taxes.
Some voters also felt that the Madison area was favored in the bond call over other parts of the county. Plans called for building a new high school in Madison.
Reach Susan Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-5112.
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