Shelbyville Daily Union

March 20, 2014

Sales Tax, Fox, Koonce winners in primary election

VALORIE EVERSOLE - Daily Union Reporter


With nearly 40 percent voter turnout, Shelby County residents let their voices be heard in local and state races as well as local propositions.

Shelby County schools, County Clerk Jessica Fox, and Sheriff challenger Don Koonce were all winners in Tuesday's primary election.

Voter turnout was 39.73 percent -- higher than usual for a primary election, according to County Clerk Jessica Fox.

"The local races and propositions were a big factor," Fox said. "The polls were pretty busy all day long."

The third try was the charm for the sales tax proposition with nearly 60 percent of the voters in support of the extra revenue for the county schools. The sales tax will go into effect in January 2015.

"This is a step in the right direction," said Shelbyville school board president Rob Bosgraaf. "Thanks to everybody who worked hard to get the word out to the communities." 

The 1 percent tax will aid 13 school districts who include Shelby County students. The revenue will be proportionally divided according to the number of county students in the district and will aid in the maintenance and repair of the aging school buildings.

Incumbent Jessica Fox retained her position as County Clerk, overcoming challenger Delbert Lenz 1926 to 987.

Challenger Don Koonce narrowly beat incumbent Michael Miller for Sheriff by 127 votes.

Propositions for the energy aggregation program in Windsor, Strasburg, Stewardson, and Sigel were all passed as well as the proposition for sale of retail alcohol for consumption in Tower Hill and the proposition to increase the property tax extension limitation law for Oconee Township Road District.

Moweaqua voted to remain "dry", defeating the referendum to the sale of alcohol within the village limits.

Full election results will be printed in the Friday, March 21, Daily Union.