SPARTANBURG CO., SC (WSPA) – Residents in Spartanburg County School District Three voted Tuesday to oppose a proposed tax increase to build a new middle school.
Much of the $58 million would have gone towards a new school that would combine the Middle School of Pacolet and Cowpens Middle School.
701 (38.7%) voted for the referendum while 1,110 (61.3%) voted against. The total voter turnout for the election was 19.3%.
Spartanburg School District Three released a statement following the referendum:
After several years of research and discussions amongst the District Leaders coupled with several months of talking to constituents at town hall meetings, informational meetings and one-on-one, our District Three communities used their voices and votes to tell us where they stand on this issue. Spartanburg School District Three is disappointed in the referendum results; however, we will move forward, continuing to put the needs of our students ahead of all else.
The proposed new school would be located off Lewis Chapel Road near Clifdale Road, according to the district.
The school would hold up to 900 students and would open by 2022.
The money would also be used to make improvements to four existing elementary schools and the high school.
Tax will increase by $8.22 for a $50,000 home.
The resolution to hold this referendum was approved in February.
A study commissioned by the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce and completed by Clemson University found that the total economic impact of the referendum would be $74.65 million.