West Jefferson School District Reacts to Election Results

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Updated: 11/07/2012 10:38 pm

        After a busy day at the polls yesterday, the results are in. One of the issues we followed closely is the bond and supplemental levy the West Jefferson School District was trying to pass.

Well the levy passed but the bond didn’t, we spoke to West Jefferson School District Superintendent John Murdoch to see why that is and what the school district plans to do next.

“The bond requires a 66 and 2/3 percent majority to pass, the levy a 50% plus one vote to pass; both received a very similar voter approval, but because of the 66 and 2/3 the bond failed and the levy did pass because it was way above the 50% plus 1 mark” said Murdoch.

The supplemental levy of $300,000 was approved by a 63.2% majority.

The money will be used to help restore many of the cuts the school district has made over the last 4 years; including employee salaries and text books.

As far as the bond goes, this is the 4th bond in a period of about 5 years that has failed.

“All of the needs remain and we’ll just have to kind of talk to people and come to a better understanding of what would be acceptable and then make some decisions in the future and obviously that will be up to the patrons and the board of trustees, I’m sure some time will pass as we try to understand where we need to go” continued Murdoch.

The first payment Jefferson County residents will make on the levy won’t be until December of 2013.

The bond that was not passed would have given the school about $4 million to put towards repairs the school needs without the raise of any taxes.

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