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UPDATE: Marion County Residents Concerned about Voter Turnout for Levy Election

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Concerns came up at Marion County Commission Wednesday about a lack of voter participation in the Marion County Schools Special Election on Saturday.

That levy passed 59 percent to 40 percent.

Seven percent of registered voters, roughly 3,000 people, went to the polls.

Marion County Circuit Clerk Janice Cosco said the election probably cost the school board about $80,000. She said that she was happy with how election went, but wishes more people would have came out to vote.

Residents plan to address the board soon about their concerns.

The excess levy is based on assessed property values in the county. These values are set by the assessor's office each year. The excess levy will be included as a part of residents' regular tax bills.

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The results are in from the Marion County Schools Special Levy Election.

Superintendent Gary Price said the levy passed Saturday night, with 59.48 percent of voters in favor of it.

He said more than 3,000 people came out to vote. Price said 1,861 people voted for the levy and 1,268 people voted against it.

The levy goes toward the fiscal years running from 2014 to 2018.

There are several things the levy would go toward. Some of which includes free textbooks and materials, maintenance, transportation, technology, and maintaining school personnel salaries and insurance.

Price said the Board of Education appreciates the support of the taxpayers.

He believes the community benefits from the levy too due to the success of the 22 schools in the county.

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