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Levy Passes, Bond Fails for Mid-Buch School District

$1.2 million bond for school safety gets 56 percent of vote, but not the 2/3 vote necessary for passage. Meanwhile, levy for school operations passes.
(BUCHANAN COUNTY, Mo.) Voters in the Mid-Buchanan School District gave officials both good and bad news at the polls Tuesday.

Voters approved a 68-cent increase per $100 assessed valuation to the district’s operating levy by 56 percent.

However, a request for a $1.2 million bond initiative for a tornado shelter and other school safety measures failed. The school safety bond received about 56 percent of the vote, but fell short of the 2/3 vote necessary for passage.

"You have to put yourself in the voter's shoes at the same time," said John Anderson, co-chair of the committee in support of the two tax initiatives. "There was three things on the ballot tonight. Everything was asking for tax increases. Some of them weren't small increases. So you have to feel good about passing the one to keep our school operating at the function that it has been."

Anderson says they will try again with the safety bond in April. He says nothing is as important as the safety of their students.
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