The initiative failed by a 60 to 40 margin. The $4.7 million tax hike would have paid for new elementary and middle schools. School district officials say the money was needed to keep up with a growing student population.
"We're overcapacity at our high school and our elementary school is almost there as well as our middle school so really now is the time to build and we need to plan for that," says Director of Communications Devin Sherrill.
The district plans to meet with the State Department of Education soon to discuss prioritizing projects, as it goes forward without the money.
The district says it will ask voters again for a millage increase before the end of the year.
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