By MARK J. MILLER
BLOOMINGDALE - Voters within the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School District narrowly defeated a 1-mill, seven-year operating levy on Tuesday's ballot.
According to unofficial tallies from the Jefferson County Board of Elections, 4,607 voters voted against the proposal, while 4,019 voters were in favor of the levy.
The levy, if approved, would have netted the vocational school about $1 million annually, with two-thirds of the funds going toward operations and the remaining one-third going toward permanent improvements. Much of the funds generated would have been used to repair the roof, according to Dale Edwards, superintendent.
"I'm really disappointed," said Edwards. "We tried to get the message out for the opportunities for our students to have the skills businesses and industries are looking for."
Edwards said others will be disappointed as well, including parents and students. He added without the additional funds the levy would have generated it will be difficult to upgrade equipment needed for training.
"Some of the training needed will now have to fall on (companies hiring students)," Edwards said. "I feel sad for the students."