Warren County voters turned in opposite results for the two districts seeking property tax increases Tuesday.
Voters in the Warren County R-III School District turned down a 39-cent tax levy increase directed toward raising staff salaries in the district. The tax hike would have increased the levy for school operations to $3.9712 per $100 of assessed property valuation.
Total votes within Warren County for the school district's Proposition W were 872 (about 44 percent) in favor and 1,091 (about 56 percent) against, a total of 1,963 votes.
On the east side of Warren County, voters delivered a verdict in the other direction, approving a tax increase for Wright City Fire Protection District. This was the fire district's fourth attempt at a tax increase in recent years.
Proposition S will increase the tax levy on real estate and personal property within the Wright City Fire district by 17 cents per $100 of assessed property valuation. That will bring the district's total tax levy to 58.26 cents per $100 assessed valuation.
The voting margin in favor of the fire tax increase was about 10 percent, including voters in a small part of Lincoln County. There were 995 residents voting in favor of Prop S, with 819 voting against.
Fire district officials said the increased revenue will be used to keep staffing six firefighters hired with a federal grant that expired earlier this year.
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated there were 1,963 votes against Proposition W. There were 1,963 votes total, with 1,091 voting against. We apologize for this error.