Shelbyville Daily Union

April 12, 2013

Stew-Stras tax approved, new face on Shelbyville City Council

VALORIE EVERSOLE - Daily Union Reporter

SHELBYVILLE, IL. — Voters for the Stewardson-Strasburg school district voiced in favor of a proposition to temporarily raise their property taxes to help their school survive over the next five years.

Residents voted 504 to 426 in favor of the increased levy that would raise their property tax 50 cents for each $100 of assessed valuation in Tuesday’s Consolidated Election vote in Shelby County. In Effingham County returns, district voters added 4 votes to the “yes” column and 3 votes to the “no” column.

“We are very pleased with the outcome of the vote,” said Stewardson-Strasburg School superintendent Steve Harsy.

“The Stewardson-Strasburg school district has tremendous support from the community. We all love our children and have high hopes for future of our district.”

The increase will be reflected on the 2013 tax statement payable in 2014.

“We hope that after the five years is over, the State has taken care of business and will support the school districts again,” Harsy said.

In the Shelbyville City Council contest, Commissioners Brent Fogleman and William Shoaff retained their seated in uncontested contests.

The seat for Commissioner of Public Properties, however, went to contender R.G. “Gib” Smart, upsetting incumbent Tim McConnell by only one vote. McConnell was ahead of Smart by four votes from the day’s poll ballots until absentee ballots were counted at the end of the evening.

Voter turnout for Tuesday’s election was 26.54 percent, about normal for the Consolidated Election, according to Shelby County Clerk Jessica Fox. Many races were uncontested.

The election included school boards, municipal positions, township positions, library boards, and community college boards.

Full election results in the April 12 edition of the Daily Union.