Voters approve school levy

Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 07:34 PM.

Gulf County voters approved a one mill additional operating levy for public schools on Tuesday.

Support for the additional mill, an extension of the same levy passed four years ago by voters, garnered 54.88 percent of the vote, or 972 votes.

Forty-five percent, or 799 voters, dissented.

The turnout was light. Supervisor of Elections John Hanlon had predicted early in the day that the one question ballot would draw between 12-20 percent of the vote.

The percentage was 19.36, or 1.771 of the county’s 9,149 registered voters.

“I wouldn’t say we had a mandate, but we got a nod from the voters to continue the path established for the high standard delivery of education to our children can get from Gulf County schools,” said Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton.

“I respect the process and these are tight economic times, but the positive effects of this vote will be felt in the very near future. I can assure the voters that we will not raise the (Local Capital Improvement) millage the board could have raised by one mill and I commend the voters for providing this alternative means of support.”



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