By Lynda Jensen
A louder “no” from voters was heard Tuesday pertaining to another attempt to renew an existing levy that was in place for Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted school district.
This time, it dropped by 687 votes, according to unofficial referendum results from the mail-in ballot conducted over a two-week period.
Last time this question was on the ballot in November, it failed by only 79 votes.
“I’m sure the economy had something to do with it,” commented teacher Charlie Bush. “Times are tough.”
Voter turnout was very good this time as well, being a total of 1,755 ballots turned in, with the number of voters who turned in ballots this time equivalent to November. In November, voter turnout totaled 1,760, which is twice as many who turned out Nov. 8, 2005 for school board elections, with 862 casting votes at that time.
Previously, HLWW voters turned out for a referendum for the new high school, which attracted 2,978 voters Feb. 21, 2006.
For the mail-in ballot, there is no precinct breakdown available this time, due to the nature of the ballot procedure, said Supt. George Ladd. Since all the ballots were collected in one location, no numbers of that nature are available.