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Lauderdale County voters say 'yes' to property tax renewal

The probate judge said voter turnout was at about 10 percent, and 6,439 total ballots were cast.

Posted: Aug 27, 2019 1:51 PM
Updated: Aug 27, 2019 9:24 PM

Update: According to the Lauderdale County Probate Judge's Office, the 3 millage tax renewals that equal 11 mills all passed and will be renewed.

The office says 32 out of 33 precincts have been accounted for, because they are waiting on provisional ballots to be counted on Thursday. The probate judge said voter turnout was at about 10 percent, and 6,439 total ballots were cast.

Here are the numbers:

1.8 mill county wide school tax

YES: 5,056
NO: 1,322

5.2 mill county wide school tax

YES: 4,981

NO: 1,344

4 mill school district #1 tax

YES: 3,225

NO: 815

4 mill school district #2 tax

YES: 1798

NO: 540

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From earlier:

On Tuesday, residents in Lauderdale County hit the polls in a special vote to decide whether or not to keep an 11 mill tax increase for two school systems.

The tax will help fund both Florence City Schools and Lauderdale County Schools. Florence City Schools said it gets about $4 million a year from the tax and Lauderdale County Schools gets about $6 million.

The Lauderdale County Probate Judge said to even hold the vote is costing taxpayers around $60,000. The probate judge also said he expects a low voter turn out at around 7%.

"I haven't heard anything from anybody about even coming up here," said a voter, Jerimy Dilbeck.

Dilbeck said his voting place in Killen was not packed at all. He voted yes to keep the tax.

"Sometimes to get things done, you have to pay for it," said Dilbeck.

The polls will close at 7 p.m., but as long as you're in line at that time, you can still vote. We will bring you the final vote tally this evening.

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