Staff Writer

McCOMB — Voters approved renewing a half-percent income tax, on a continuous basis, for the McComb School District on Tuesday.

Voters in Hancock County approved the tax by 374 votes to 142, while the small Wood County portion of the school district rejected the proposal by 39 votes to 25. That made for a total of 399 votes in favor (69 percent) to 181 (31 percent) against.

The district already has a continuing 1 percent income tax.

The half-percent tax was first approved in March 2004 after being rejected in November 2003. It was renewed in May 2009 and May 2014.

It generates about $416,000 annually, or about 5 percent of the district’s operating budget, according to Superintendent Tony Fenstermaker.

The money can be used for operating expenses like “maintenance needs, extracurricular activities, transportation, supplies and equipment, utilities, staffing and district property/liability insurance,” he said before the vote.

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