Quincy voters pass school district’s M&O levy
A maintenance and operations levy was easily passed this week by Quincy School District voters.
On Thursday, the levy was passing 1,135 yes votes to 530 no votes, or 68.17 percent to 31.83 percent.
Because the levy was a replacement levy, it needed only a simple majority to pass.
QSD Superintendent John Boyd on Tuesday evening said he was “thrilled beyond belief” at the outcome of the election. Boyd joined a small group of levy supporters at the Grant County Courthouse as the election results were released shortly after 8 p.m.
“The commitment of the Quincy people to its schools is inspiring,” said Boyd, who was hired by the district in July.
The school district now has the responsibility of spending those levy dollars wisely, he said.
“We want to do right by the voters,” Boyd said.
The Grant County elections department estimates it has another 100 countywide ballots left to count. Another count was scheduled for Feb. 24.
The four-year M&O levy will generate at least $7.7 million a year. It replaces the current M&O levy that expires at the end of this year.
The current tax levy rate is $3.32 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The new levy rate will be $3.05 in 2016, $2.91 in 2017, $2.77 in 2018 and $2.65 in 2019.
— By Jill FitzSimmons, firstname.lastname@example.org