Voters said no to the Northridge Local Schools bond issue and income tax on the May primary ballot.

According to unofficial results from the Licking County Board of Elections on May 2, the combined issue failed 1,248 votes to 894, or 58 percent against it to 42 percent for it, with all 13 precincts reporting.

Unofficial results in Knox County’s two precincts showed the issue failed 58 to 28 votes, or 67 percent against it to 33 percent for it.

“We’re disappointed, but we will move forward,” said Chris Briggs, superintendent. “Our need doesn’t go away for a new building. The challenge will be to provide the best educational environment we can with the conditions we have.”

Briggs said he thought the district had listened to what the community wanted by putting the property tax and income tax together.

“We’ll keep working and try to find something our community will support,” he added. “We’ll do the best we can with what we have.”

The district asked voters to approve a 2.9-mill bond issue and 0.75 percent earned-income tax for a new elementary school and permanent improvements, respectively.

The income tax would have financed permanent improvements for 30 years beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

The bonds would have been used for a new elementary school for prekindergarten through sixth grade at the district’s main campus, upgrades to the middle school’s mechanical systems, upgrades to safety and security measures at the middle school and high school, and equipment, furnishings and technology.

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