(Posted on December 6, 2021)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Following a recount, the Madison-Plains local school income tax passed by one vote.
The school district was on the Nov. 2 general election ballot, asking for a 10-year renewal of its 1.25 percent income tax levy for current operating expenses.
After the polls closed on election night, unofficial results showed the levy increased from 1,071 to 1,060. Totals include votes cast in Madison County, as well as Franklin and Fayette counties , which are home to a small number of residents eligible to vote on Madison-Plains issues.
A few weeks after the election, when the electoral councils of each of the three counties conducted their official demarches, including the provisional ballots and outstanding mail ballots, the new vote tally for the levy was 1 083 to 1082 – putting the winning levy by a vote.
State law dictates an automatic recount when the difference between the votes cast is equal to or less than half of 1 percent of the total votes cast for a question. Madison and Fayette County Election Boards conducted their count on November 29. The Franklin County Board of Directors conducted their recount on November 30.
“It just makes it stronger, every vote counts,” said Abby Metheney, chief electoral officer for Madison County.
Chad Eisler, principal of local schools in Madison-Plains, thanked voters for their support.
“The renewal of the labor income tax takes the school district one step closer to financial health and stability, which is very important for the work we are trying to do,” he said. said, adding that the stability allows the district to work for long periods. -Long term planning linked to personnel and programming.
“We have worked hard to be wise stewards of the resources our community has provided to us, and we will continue to do so. We have also made academic progress and we want to continue this work as well. We are working to make the local Madison-Plains school district a model of excellence in rural education, ”he continued.
The Madison-Plains income tax was first passed in May 2018 and came into effect in January 2019. It generates approximately $ 2.3 million per year and represents 15% of the general fund budget of the school district.
It is levied only on earned income. Earned income is defined as wages, salaries, tips and other taxable wages. It is not levied on retirement income, social security, child support, interest, dividends, capital gains, unemployment benefits, social benefits, or disability and survivor benefits .
The royalty funds are used for the daily expenses of the district, such as salaries and employee benefits, books, utilities, and fuel.