Staff Writer

Voters in the Liberty-Benton and Riverdale school districts renewed income taxes on Tuesday.

Liberty-Benton voters approved a 10-year renewal of a 0.75 percent income tax, 959 votes (69.8 percent) to 414 (30.2 percent).

The tax generates about $1.9 million annually, or about 13 percent of Liberty-Benton’s operating budget.

Aside from the districts that collect no income tax, this is the lowest school income tax in Hancock County.

The tax was first passed in 1994 and was renewed in 2002 and 2010. The current tax expires at the end of 2020.

Riverdale Local Schools’ income tax seems to have been renewed for three years, though results for the Wyandot County portion of the district were not available Tuesday night.

Hancock County voters approved the renewal 348 votes (71.5 percent) to 139 (28.5 percent). Hardin County favored the tax by 294 (69.8 percent) votes to 127 (30.2 percent), for a total of 642 votes (70.7 percent) to 266 (29.3 percent) in those parts of the school district.

The 1 percent tax has been regularly renewed since 1994.

The tax’s current cycle ends in 2020, and the renewal will be effective Jan. 1, 2021.

The tax generates around $1.1 million annually, or about 8 to 9 percent of the operating budget, according to Superintendent Jeff Young.

These results are unofficial and include absentee ballots.

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