Special elections in Love and Carter counties
(KTEN) — Special elections were held in Carter and Love counties on Tuesday, giving voters an opportunity to voice their opinions on issues ranging from school bonds to sales tax renewals.
"When it involves your children, your paycheck, your house rent, taxes and all that, it's very important," said Diane Hall secretary of the Carter County Election Board.
Voters in Carter County had the opportunity to weigh in on a bond package for Fox Public Schools worth nearly $22 million. The proposal was rejected by 58 percent of those who cast ballots.
Had the bond been approved, it would have funded a new elementary school with a safe room while remodeling district buildings and adding new furniture.
"You need to research and ask how this is going to affect yourself and then go out and vote," Hall said.
As for Love County, three propositions were on the ballot and all were approved.
The first proposal was for a franchise renewal between OG&E and the city of Marietta. Because "Yes" was the final result, the franchise will now continue for 25 more years, where 3 percent of the gross revenue from electric bills will go back to the City of Marietta. That would be used towards keep on street lights and electricity in city buildings.
The second proposal is for the annexation of Greenville Public Schools to become a part of Marietta Public Schools. As reported by KTEN in December, Greenville sought the annexation because a decrease in student population led to a reduction in available funding.
Voters also had a say for the renewal of Love County's one percent sales tax. The tax, first implemented in 1988, is voted on for renewal every five years, and it helps fund fire departments and various county offices.