Licking County voters appeared to reject two countywide tax levies May 6, but one appears destined for an automatic recount.

Licking County voters appeared to reject two countywide tax levies May 6, but one appears destined for an automatic recount.

According to unofficial results from the Licking County Board of Elections, the 1.6-mill replacement levy for the Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities failed by eight votes, 10,361 votes (50.02 percent) to 10,353 (49.98 percent), with all 95 precincts reporting.

Because it failed by four-hundredths of a percent, an automatic recount is necessary, per state law.

The levy would have generated about $6 million per year and cost county homeowners an additional $56 per year per $100,000 of assessed property evaluation.

The other countywide levy, a 0.15-mill, five-year levy for the Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District, was rejected soundly.

According to unofficial results from the Licking County Board of Elections, the levy failed 12,497 votes (61 percent) to 8,129 (39 percent).

The levy would have generated about $550,000 annually. It would have cost county homeowners about $5.25 per year per $100,000 of assessed property evaluation.