70 percent say 'no' on Aiken bond referendum

Protesters share their thoughts during Tuesday voting.

AIKEN --- The Aiken County school bond referendum was defeated with a resounding "no" Tuesday. Seventy percent of residents voted against the $236 million referendum to upgrade six school facilities.

"I know just because we've won this victory ... they (the Aiken County school district) expected this to happen," said Jane Page Thompson, of the Vote No group.

With 78 of 78 precincts reporting, 13,716 voters opposed the measure and 5,744 favored it.

"I'm sorry it didn't pass," said Barry Adams of Security Federal Bank, the chairman of the Vote Yes for Kids group. "I truly think it's the right thing to do, but the great thing about living in this nation is that majority rules, and today a majority of the voters said, 'Nope, it's not the right thing to do, or it's not the right time, or it's not the right amount of money.' "

The bond issue got significant support in Saluda County, home of Ridge Spring-Monetta Elementary/Middle, with all of the precincts supporting the referendum.

In the cities of Aiken and North Augusta, where support for the referendum was expected to be greater, less than a handful of precincts favored it.

The school board and administrators will now have to decide how they will use an annual estimated $14 million to repair and upgrade facilities.

Deputy Superintendent David Caver said Jackson Middle School would be at the top of that list. The school's cafeteria area was scheduled for a major renovation before the bond referendum was put on the ballot.

Superintendent Beth Everitt said it was too soon to say whether the district would pursue another referendum anytime soon, but she thought the research conducted on facility needs was healthy and useful in helping shape long-term plans.

"I think the conversation and the questions that were asked, all of that helps inform our community," she said. "Even though we didn't win, I still think it's been a great process. We'll move forward."

Aiken school bond vote might draw few voters today
Results*

Yes: 5,744 (29.55 percent)

NO: 13,716 (70.45 percent)

*75 of 78 precincts reporting

Source: Aiken County Registration and Elections

Precinct-by-precinct results
7.52
Precinct

Registered Voters/
Votes Cast

Ballots cast/
Percent of Votes

Precinct
Percentage turnout

Aiken No. 1117142836.55
Yes20047.28
No22352.72
Aiken No. 2113014112.48
Yes7453.62
No6446.38
Aiken No. 313751259.09
Yes5849.15
No6050.85
Aiken No. 46738112.04
Yes5771.25
No2328.75
Aiken No. 5113924821.77
Yes10944.86
No13455.14
Aiken No. 6123440532.82
Yes14836.91
No25363.09
Bath No. 77609111.97
Yes1617.78
No7482.22
Beech Island 8138815611.24
Yes4630.07
No10769.93
Belvedere 916061569.71
Yes5233.55
No10366.45
Carolina Heights 101012898.79
Yes3441.46
No4858.54
China Springs 111440523.61
Yes1936.54
No3363.46
Clearwater 126347712.15
Yes1114.47
No6585.53
College Acres 13162432119.77
Yes6319.63
No25880.37
Eureka 14113019216.99
Yes4121.58
No14978.42
Gloverville 1587816018.22
Yes3018.99
No12881.01
Graniteville 16103119919.30
Yes4924.87
No14875.13
Jackson 17140138027.12
Yes4211.26
No33188.74
Langley 18115115313.29
Yes1711.26
No13488.74
Lynwood 1981314317.59
Yes1510.56
No12789.44
Millbrook 20179052629.39
Yes16331.35
No35768.65
Monetta 2194617118.08
Yes11971.69
No4728.31
Montmorenci 22195845323.14
Yes8619.11
No36480.89
New Ellenton 23138728620.62
Yes8429.58
No20070.42
New Holland 2463212920.41
Yes1310.16
No11589.84
N. Augusta 25127615712.30
Yes5736.31
No10063.69
N. Augusta 26170922112.93
Yes7936.24
No13963.76
N. Augusta 27147741528.10
Yes18545.23
No22454.77
N. Augusta 28111429826.75
Yes10134.01
No19665.99
N. Augusta 29107818417.07
Yes6434.97
No11965.03
Oak Grove 307047911.22
Yes2430.38
No5569.62
Perry 3164011618.13
Yes2925.00
No8775.00
Salley 325827312.54
Yes2128.77
No5271.23
Shaws Fork 3352112824.57
Yes2217.60
No10382.40
Shiloh 34147129920.33
Yes8027.03
No21672.97
Six Points 35142738827.19
Yes11329.20
No27470.80
Tabernacle 365049218.25
Yes2629.55
No6270.45
Talatha 37119922018.35
Yes4219.53
No17380.47
Vaucluse 3868614721.43
Yes3927.08
No10572.92
Wagener 39164620712.58
Yes5326.37
No14873.63
Ward 401241249/ 20.06
Yes9337.96
No15262.04
Warrenville 41132527520.75
Yes4115.30
No22784.70
White Pond 426438312.91
Yes1518.99
No6481.01
Windsor 43171720011.65
Yes3417.80
No15782.20
Belvedere 44122915412.53
Yes5334.64
No10065.36
Misty Lakes 45136719914.56
Yes4422.22
No15477.78
Six Points 46127012910.16
Yes7962.70
No4737.30
Aiken No. 47108530828.39
Yes13042.48
No176
Hammond 48167028316.95
Yes6222.14
No21877.86
Willow Sprgs 49121019516.12
Yes3216.58
No16183.42
Breezy Hill 50139030321.80
Yes8327.57
No21872.43
Midland Valley 51167940023.82
Yes8521.46
No31178.54
Levels 52186732017.14
Yes11034.92
No20565.08
Hollow Creek 532934101534.59
Yes22322.19
No78277.81
N. Augusta 54102611311.01
Yes3430.63
No7769.37
N. Augusta 55102611311.01
Yes3430.63
No7769.37
Couchton 56125425420.26
Yes3915.42
No21484.58
Redds Branch 5790814616.08
Yes2416.78
No11983.22
Fox Creek 58155430219.43
Yes13043.48
No16956.52
Pine Forest 59110316815.23
Yes2414.46
No14285.54
Gem Lakes 60241587636.27
Yes31135.62
No56264.38
Silver Bluff 61157919912.60
Yes8543.81
No10956.19
Belvedere 62108114012.95
Yes4735.61
No8564.39
Ascauga Lake 63213829213.66
Yes12342.12
No16957.88
Cedar Creek 642904100834.71
Yes16616.60
No83483.40
Sleepy Hollow 65162747629.26
Yes11925.32
No35174.68
Hitchcock 66102935334.31
Yes11934.00
No23166.00
N. Augusta 67103328227.30
Yes12042.70
No16157.30
N. Augusta 68123726921.75
Yes9435.07
No17464.93
Anderson Pond 69117149942.61
Yes10020.08
No39879.92
Sandstone 70177237821.33
Yes11430.32
No26269.68
Midland Valley 7178316721.33
Yes2615.76
No13984.24
Levels 7272915421.12
Yes5233.77
No10266.23
Fox Creek 7378824130.58
Yes9037.50
No15062.50
Absentee
Yes23333.14
No47066.86

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