69-cent levy for Savannah schools fails at the polls

Andrew County voters voted against a 69-cent tax increase for capital improvements in the Savannah School District.

Posted: Aug 6, 2019 8:24 PM
Updated: Aug 6, 2019 10:17 PM

(SAVANNAH, Mo.) Andrew County residents voted against a 69-cent tax increase for capital improvements in the Savannah School District, according to unofficial results.

The proposition failed with 1,635 votes against the proposition and 1,117 votes for the proposition.

The levy would have generated approximately $18 million dollars for the district.

Savannah School Board President Stancy Bond presented a detailed plan for how that money would be spent. She outlined four areas of need, including renovations to Savannah High School, fixing district-wide drainage issues, and repairing roofs at all of the schools.

Board members gathered in the lobby of the Andrew County Courthouse to hear the results Tuesday night. The room had been buzzing with chatter earlier in the night.

The news of the tax failing at the polls, delivered by County Clerk Sarah Miller, silenced the room.

"We have to regroup," said Joseph Barbosa, a member of the Savannah School Board. "We have to re-evaluate and we have to think about that this means for funding overall."

Barbosa said the school board meets next week and the members will look at ways for the district to move forward without any new funding. 

“The election did not pass Proposition Gold but it does not mean that this is an end by any means for what we want as a vision for Savannah schools," he said.

The levy called Proposition Gold would not have had a sunset provision.

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