Dan Adey gets a ballot Tuesday from election judges Karen Becker, right, and Rita Ruckert. Balloting was heavier than expected, officials said.

Houston School District patrons defeated a measure Tuesday to join an Ozarks Technical Community College district.

The vote was 531-485. A simple majority was required. It received support of about 48 percent. Persons who voted by absentee ballot approved the issue; it was defeated at the voting precinct, the Houston Storm Shelter.

About 25.1 percent of the district’s registered voters – 1,017 residents (there was one spoiled ballot) – arrived on a sweltering day with the mercury hitting three digits and a new record.

Precinct judges said the vote was heavier than had been expected.

If voters had approved the issue, students would have been able to enroll in OTC classes and receive about a 30 percent discount on the cost of tuition beginning this fall. General education and technical courses would have been available in Houston on a campus developed by the OTC, the fastest growing community college in the state. Other campuses are at Lebanon, Waynesville, Ozark, Branson, Springfield and online.

A 15-cent per $100 assessed valuation levy was required to go on the books. For an owner of a $100,000 house that amounted to about $30 annually. Those funds would have been used in maintaining a permanent campus in Houston. No location had been selected.

An OTC steering committee worked on the project. Some members of the group said an anonymous yellow postcard that arrived in mailboxes hurt their effort. Among the claims was the tax would cause more foreclosures and benefit only OTC in Springfield.


 

EARLIER: Houston School District patrons defeated a measure Tuesday to join an Ozarks Technical Community College district.

The vote was 531-485. A simple majority was required.

Precinct judges said the vote was heavier than had been expected.

If voters had approved the issue, students would have been able to enroll in OTC classes and receive about a 30 percent discount on the cost of tuition beginning this fall. General education and technical courses would have been available in Houston.

A 15-cent per $100 assessed valuation levy was required to go on the books. For an owner of a $100,000 house that amounted to about $30 annually.

An OTC steering committee worked on the project.

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