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Tue November 12, 2013
Graves County Special Election Turnout Higher than Expected
Graves County residents are weighing in on the county-wide proposed property tax hike today in higher numbers than expected.
County Clerk Barry Kennemore says most polling stations are reporting steady results but few lines.
He says, if voters keep up the pace, overall turnout could reach 40 percent, which he says is higher than his initial projections.
Graves voters are being asked whether the county school district should raise property taxes by 6.9 cents per 100 dollars. State law permits referendums should a district raise taxes by more than four percent.
The ballot reads: "Are you for or against an increase in the levy of of the Graves County School District tax rate of 6.9 cents per $100 on real property evaluation and 6.9 cents per $100 on personal property evaluation. This is an increase of 18 percent on both real and personal property, which is above the 4 percent allowable by statute, commencing in 2013. This is in accordance with KRS 160.470."
Polling stations will close at 6 p.m. Kennemore says results should be in by 7 p.m.