ANDERSON CO., SC (WSPA) – A bond referendum to fund school safety upgrades and a new middle school in Anderson County School District 4 has been voted down by residents.
Voters voted overwhelmingly against the bond referendum by a margin of 70 percent to 30 percent, with most precincts reporting.
The proposed tax would have raised funds to purchase $79 million worth of school safety upgrades and construction on a new Riverside Middle School.
The safety upgrades were proposed following the shooting at Townville Elementary School last fall.
“I don’t think it’s necessary – at least definitely not the amounts we’re looking at,” said voter Bradley Warneka.
“I understand the increase in taxes is always a little scary, that’s more money going out. But I also feel there’s things we spend on everyday that we don’t necessarily need to buy,” said voter Ashley Cantrell.