The Christian County Public Safety Tax which was going to go towards getting a new jail facility in Christian County and new offices for the Christian County Emergency Management Agency, 9-1-1 and Sheriff failed 4,842-1,327 Tuesday. The public safety tax, which would tax $1 for every $100 spent was a hot topic issue discussed quite frequently as voters seemed wary of voting for more taxes. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp had spoken to Regional Radio News previously about how important this was for the county as it needs a new jail desperately.
Sheriff Kettelkamp and the Christian County Board will have to go back to the drawing board on this issue though and look for another way to pay for the new facilities. Sheriff Kettelkamp has pushed for new facilities due to overcrowding, maintenance not being kept up, and damage to the building.
The Taylorville School District proposition which would change votes for school board members to the most popular members as opposed to members from each region failed as well. The final vote was 2,172-1,125. Taylorville School District Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty had supported this move but many people including the Christian County Farm Bureau were against it fearing that it would limit rural representation on the Board.
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