NEW CUMBERLAND - The Hancock County Animal Shelter will continue to receive support in the form of $100,000 a year after voters approved the levy renewal on Tuesday.
According to unofficial results from the Hancock County Clerk's office, there were 4,048 votes, or 64.60 percent, in favor of the levy and 2,218 votes against it. The levy, which would have expired at the end of June, needed a 60-percent-plus-one margin in order to remain in effect.
Of the 6,266 votes cast on the levy, there were 3,626 favorable votes made Tuesday, with an additional 422 as part of early voting procedures. In contract, 1,941 votes were cast against the levy Tuesday, with an additional 277 during early voting.
According to animal shelter officials, the revenue from the levy goes to provide funding for operations at the shelter and a few improvements.
The levy went into effect after being passed by voters in 2008. It had been up for renewal during the November election, but fell approximately 0.6 percent shy of the needed mark.