Tax fails; Knox is winner

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 3, 2004

The voters of Hale County came out in record numbers to defeat a local amendment that would have almost doubled the property taxes in the county, but would have also increased the funding for the Hale County Public School System.

The Hale County Probate Judge Leland Avery said the voter turnout for this year’s election was at an all-time high for the county. There were over 7,900 citizens that voted in this election. The previous high was 7,200.

“The amendment was voted down by the voters, but by a narrow 700 vote margin,” Avery said, “The totals were 3,143 – Yes and 3,876 – No.”

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Another Interesting story during this election was the write-in campaign for the former Hale County Commissioner Lois Fields, who just recently lost her case to reclaim her seat from Elijah Knox. Knox was able to fight off Fields by receiving 1,270 votes in the election, while Fields received 481 votes.