Residents in Izard and Fulton counties went to the polls Sept. 21 to vote for school board members and in Izard County for a millage reduction.
Voters in the Izard County Consolidated School District voted overwhelmingly Sept. 21 to lower their property assessments from 41 mills to 36 mills.
The final tally was 452 for the tax reduction and 78 against.
ICC Superintendent Fred Walker said the decrease in the millage rate would provide tax relief for families in the school district. He said it would also allow the district to restructure its debt.
He said restructuring will allow the ICC School District to build a new 5th and 6th grade building, construct a band and choir facility and make improvements to the K-4 building and the vocational agriculture program.
Property owners in the district will see a $10 reduction in taxes on every $10,000 worth of property they own, each year, Walker said.
As an example, he said a person who owns $100,000 worth of property will pay $100 less in property taxes next year.
Deanna Taylor and Mike McCandlis were each re-elected to a two-year term on the ICC School Board.
Mammoth Spring School District residents elected two new members to their school board.
Donell Russell, with 213 votes, edged Shanna L. Maguffee (170 votes) for the Position 1 seat. Russell will replace Mark Taylor.
Taylor resigned from the board after he received a teaching position in the school district.
Mark L. Cooper, with 220 votes, overwhelmed Michael Brown (116 votes) and Richard C. Vanginhoven (57 votes) to replace Ronnie "Sunny" Brown on the board.
Brown is retiring after serving as the Position 4 school board member for 15 years.