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Proposition A voted down by Van-Far voters

Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 7:50 pm

(story in the August 9, 2017 issue did not include the Ralls County results that came in late. This is the updated story.)

Van-Far voters officially voted down a possible tax levy increase by a 200-146 margin on Tuesday, August 8 after votes were tallied for Audrain, Ralls, and Pike Counties.
In Audrain County, Van-Far district voters turned down the measure 168-125 in favor of the “No” votes or 57%-43%.
In Pike County, just 20 of the 110 possible voters took to the polls or 18.18% and split their votes down the middle at 10 “Yes” and 10 “No.”
As for Ralls County, the “No” votes won 22-11.
Voters in the Van-Far R-I School District were being asked to adjust the current operating levy by $.58 from $3.3901 to $3.9701 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation for the 2017 tax year.
The last time voters approved a levy increase was 11 years ago in 2006.
The Van-Far R-I School Board approved a motion to place the tax levy increase on the ballot in April after discussing several options during monthly board meetings and work sessions.
In the past five to six years, state revenues from the state for Van-Far have decreased approximately $500,000. Health insurance costs have also doubled in the last eight to 10 years.
With a potential loss of approximately $270,000 in AmerenUE dollars in 2020 looming, it appeared it was time to ask voters for a possible tax levy increase became now.
It appears the district will need to go back to the drawing board to decide on their next step.

 

 

 

 

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Updated: 9:02 p.m.
Updated: In Ralls County, “No” votes win 22-11. So final vote totals show the “No” votes win 200-146 in the district.

As of press time, final totals for the Proposition A measure regarding a possible tax levy increase were not available due to a delay in Ralls County. “The Vandalia Leader” was unable to obtain totals from the Ralls County Clerk’s office in spite of efforts by phone and email.
It did appear the measure might not pass as the “No” votes were beating the “Yes” votes 178-135 when combining votes in Audrain and Pike Counties.
In Audrain County, Van-Far district voters turned down the measure 168-125 in favor of the “No” votes or 57%-43%.
In Pike County, just 20 of the 110 possible voters took to the polls or 18.18% and split their votes down the middle at 10 “Yes” and 10 “No.”
Voters in the Van-Far R-I School District were being asked to adjust the current operating levy by $.58 from $3.3901 to $3.9701 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation for the 2017 tax year.
The last time voters approved a levy increase was 11 years ago in 2006.
The Van-Far R-I School Board approved a motion to place the tax levy increase on the ballot in April after discussing several options during monthly board meetings and work sessions.
In the past five to six years, state revenues from the state for Van-Far have decreased approximately $500,000. Health insurance costs have also doubled in the last eight to 10 years.
With a potential loss of approximately $270,000 in AmerenUE dollars in 2020 looming, it appeared it was time to ask voters for a possible tax levy increase became now.
It appears the district will need to go back to the drawing board to decide on their next step.

 

Update 8:10 p.m.
Audrain County totals are in: By a margin of 168-125, the “No” vote for district voters won by a 57%-43% margin.

Update: 7:49 p.m.
20 voters split 50/50 with 10 “Yes” and 10 “No” for Van-Far tax levy increase in Pike County.