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Local levies rejected

Ridgemont voters approve library issue

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Supporters of the Indian Lake Schools’ operating levy watch election results Tuesday at the school’s board of education office. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)

School levies in Indian Lake and West Liberty-Salem school districts were denied by voters Tuesday, but Ridgemont School District voters approved an operating levy for the public library whose operating funds are run through the school.

A 10-year, 7.35 mill emergency levy for Indian Lake schools was rejected by an unofficial count of 3,228 to 1,951.

School officials were publicly optimistic based on early voting ahead of Election Day, but the levy was soundly rejected from the first wave of results Tuesday.

“While we are disappointed with the voting results, and the board of education will have to address the resulting deficit,” Superintendent Pat O’Donnell said in a statement, “we still strive to continue providing an excellent education for our students with as little disruption as possible.”

A 27-year, 7.56 mill property tax question that would have helped pay for a renovation of the WL-Salem K-12 building was approved by Logan County voters, 859-760. However, voters in Champaign County rejected the measure by a larger margin — 813-616 — and the issue went down by an unofficial tally, 1,573-1,475.

“We’re obviously not happy with the results, but we respect citizens’ feedback,” Superintendent Kraig Hissong said.

“I’m real happy and pleased with community  volunteers’ effort and I think we ran a very good campaign. We’re just going to have to go back to the drawing board to see what we can do to find a solution that will work for the community and one that they’ll support.”

Mr. Hissong wouldn’t rule out returning to the ballot at a later date, noting that issues such as replacing the heating and cooling systems aren’t going anywhere.

“That’s something I’ll discuss with the board,” he said. “We still have the same issues to solve whether this is supported or not and we need active community support.”

Logan and Hardin county voters passed an operating levy to fund the public library through the school by an unofficial count of 816-551. The Hardin County tally was 700-486. Locally, the issue passed 116-65.

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