Property tax increase to support school fails in Ozark

Voters in Ozark went to the polls Tuesday in a special election to consider raising taxes to build a new high school.

In a close vote, residents defeated the plan to increase their property tax to pay for a new Carroll High School.  The vote was 1,522 against the tax increase and 1,294 for it.

The school superintendent and others had worked to convince the voters to pass the 10 mils increase.  It would have allowed the city to borrow $23 million to build the new facility.

Superintendent Mike Lenhart says he will meet with the mayor Wednesday and starting working on a new plan.