MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon City School officials are breathing a sigh of relief. The residents of the district voted — 55 percent to 45 percent — to renew a five-year 1.38-mill property tax levy to pay for the day-to-day operation of the school district.
“I appreciate the support from the community,” said Superintendent Steve Short. “I know there is still a lot of work to do as far as for our district and for our kids. Trust me, today we are very appreciative of the community and their support.”
Other school districts in the area did not fare so well.
Clear Fork district residents soundly rejected a 1 percent school income tax: 1,548 individuals voted for the tax and 1,963 voted against the tax.
Superintendent Matt Dill said the election results were sad, but added, “We had 1,548 people come out and support us tonight by voting yes. A number of people were involved in the campaign, from our levy committee to our staff to our students who do a great job every day. There has been a lot of positives in this levy campaign and I just want to thank everyone who put so much hard work, time and dedication into these efforts for our kids.”
East Knox voters also rejected an operating levy, 37 percent of the district residents voted for the levy, and 63 percent voted no.