Richmond propels win for school levy

By David Knopf/Richmond News

Circumstances and timing converged Tuesday on the third try for Richmond Public Schools’ 50-cent levy increase, which won with 53.1 percent of the vote.

In unofficial results, the 804 to 709 victory eclipsed previous levy defeats in July and November 2014, when a number of attractive ballot issues brought more voters to the polls.

The proposal was defeated by 119 votes the first time around, then by 42 last November, its second go-round.

Though still soundly defeated Tuesday in the communities of Knoxville, Rayville, Millville and Camden, this month’s ballot lacked any national, state or even countywide issues that would’ve brought more voters to their polls.

Instead, a Richmond School Board race, as well as a mayoral election and two contested city council seats in Richmond, weighted voting toward a base that supported the levy in its two previous tries.

“We were optimistic because this election was all about the city of Richmond,” Board President Tom Williamson said. “So there wasn’t much for the outlying areas to vote on.”

The complete story is in the Thursday, April 9, 2015 Richmond News.

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