Monmouth-Roseville Voters Reject Property Tax Increase, Electricity Aggregation Mostly Approved

voteVoters in the Monmouth-Roseville School District are saying “no” to the district’s effort to increase the property tax rate to help whittle down a budget deficit.

Unofficially, voters rejected the 75 cent increase in the Education Fund levy, 807 votes “no” to 484 votes “yes,” — or, about a 63% no to 37% margin.

The district had wanted the leeway to increase the levy from $2.25 per $100 of assessed value, to $3.  The district, like many others, has suffered from declining state aid, stagnant revenues, and other financial problems.

The District 238 School Board may now consider serious cuts to education programs.

Also in Warren County, Monmouth voters approved an electricity aggregation measure by about a three-to-one margin (550 votes yes to 316 no), allowing the city to seek lower electricity rates for its measures.

Electricity aggregation measures also were approved in Cuba in Fulton County, but rejected by one vote in Farmington.

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