MOUNT VERNON — By Tuesday night’s election totals, the Knox County Board of Health levy passed by just 254 votes. However, 787 provisional votes remain to be counted, which could change the dynamic to the levy request.
“I’m going to project positively,” said Julie Miller, county health commissioner, “because that’s what I feel about what we do. The reality is that the provisionals have to be counted.”
Once the provisional votes are counted, there would be an automatic recount if the difference in votes is less than one-half of 1 percent.
Miller said she is happy and appreciative for the for the support that was shown by the residents of Knox County. If the provisional votes change the outcome of the election, Miller said she, and the health department, will move on and figure out what comes next.
The levy request of 0.08 mill for five years was twice as much as the previous levy funds that expire this year.
The Knox County Park District levy renewal was approved by nearly 8 percent or 2,173 votes.
“I am humbled that the voters supported us again,” said Kim Marshall, park district director. “The community is very supportive and so much of what happens is because of our volunteers. I’m looking forward to making good on the promises made during our campaign.”
Marshall said continued work on the bike trails will remain a top priority for the district.
Shoppers in Knox County will continue to pay an 0.25 percent sales tax toward the operations of 9-1-1 emergency services after voters approved the request 54 to 46 percent.
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