KOSHKONONG -- Voters in the Oregon-Howell School District approved a 78-cent increase in the current assessed property tax levy at the school in the Aug. 8 primary election. The vote was 142 to 109. The current tax levy in the district is $2.75 per $100 assessed evaluation.
"I am very excited the levy passed," Koshkonong School Superintendent Steve Morgan said.
He said there will be no tax increase in the school district. He said the increased levy will generate more state funding and allow the school district to redistribute school funds without a tax increase.
"I appreciate the community supporting the proposition and the students in the school district," he said.
In other primary election results, Oregon County Treasurer Laurel Johnson lost her bid for reelection to Kim Hollis. Hollis received 735 votes to Johnson's 524 votes.
Hollis received 58 percent of the vote to Johnson's 41 percent. Both candidates are Democrats and Hollis will face no opposition in the November election.
Following the election, Hollis said, "I thank everyone in the county that made the effort to go vote in the primary election during such extreme heat. I appreciate the support and trust shown by the voters, and will do my best to do the best job I can."
County Collector Jerry Richardson, a Democrat, received 1,076 votes. Challenger Marvin Simpson, a Republican, received 404 votes. Neither Richardson nor Simpson faced an opponent in the primary election. The pair will face each other in November.
Presiding Commissioner Leo Warren, a Democrat, took 1,021 votes in the election. Republican candidate Dan Fraley received 433 votes. Warren and Fraley will both appear as candidates for presiding commissioner in November.
Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley received 1,074 votes; Circuit Clerk and Rcorder of Deeds Dorothy Barton received 1,071 votes; and Prosecuting Attorney Fred O'Neill received 909 votes in the primary. Oregon County Associate Circuit Judge Jo Beth Prewitt received 1,067 in the election. The four will face no opposition in the November General Election.
State Rep. Mike Dethrow (153rd District), a Republican from Alton, received 2,543 votes districtwide in the primary. Challenger Kenny Burke, a Democrat, received 2,081 votes districtwide.
In Oregon County Dethrow received 501 votes. Burke received 921 votes in the county.
The district includes Oregon, Carter, Ripley and a portion of Wayne and Butler counties.
There are no other candidates on the ballot and the two will face each other in November.