(Posted May 27, 2022)
The new vote tally for the Jefferson Township fire levy stands at a tie. A recount is slated for June 1.
The Madison County Board of Elections held its official canvass of the May 3 primary election on May 25. This included counting ballots that weren’t counted on Election Day, including provisional ballots and absentee ballots postmarked by the day before the election but not received by Election Day.
In the unofficial results released on Election Night, the Jefferson Township fire levy failed by two votes, 558-560. The official canvass completed on May 25 shows a tie, 562-562. A tie counts as a loss because the ballot language states that a majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.
However, ties trigger automatic recounts. So, the Board of Elections will tally the votes a third time with the recount on June 1.
Jefferson Township asked for replacement of its existing 11-mill property tax levy with a 1-mill increase for a total of 12 mills for fire department operating expenses.
The current levy generates approximately $2,343,760 per year and costs the taxpayer $296.10 per year per $100,000 of property valuation. The replacement with an increase would generate $3,077,476 per year and cost the taxpayer $420 per year per $100,000 of property valuation.