Springfield-Clark CTC’s new building levy fails

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

Voters in Clark County have rejected the levy to fund the local cost to build a new facility in final, unofficial results Tuesday night by the Clark County Board of Elections.

The levy was the only new county-wide tax issue on the ballot this year.

The 1.4-mill permanent improvement levy would have generated $4,469,000 annually, according to the Clark County Auditor’s Office. It would have been $49 a year, or about $4 a month, for a property valued at $100,000.

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According to final, unofficial results, 55.36% voted against the levy and 44.64% voted for the levy.

“We greatly appreciate the 44% of Clark County voters who cast their vote in support of Springfield-Clark CTC’s levy,” said Superintendent Michelle Patrick. “While we are disappointed in the outcome, we still believe a levy to fund a new facility is the most beneficial path forward.”

The levy would have funded the local cost to build a nearly $90 million facility with the state contributing 62% of the base $63 million building cost.

CTC would have replaced its seven existing buildings at 1901 Selma Road with a single, up-to-date facility that would include additional classroom facilities, equipment, furnishings and site improvements needed for additional enrollment.

The total cost of the entire project is expected to be $89,528,662. The total includes the state’s contribution of 62%, or about $38.7 million, and CTC’s share of about 38%, or $24.5 million, for the base part of the new building. The levy would raise an additional $26.2 million for items CTC identified as a need, bringing its total to about $50.7 million, including ongoing maintenance funds.

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