RIO GRANDE — The Rio Grande Community College replacement levy has fallen short of the required votes needed on the Nov. 7 ballot.
The Rio Grande Community College levy vote was 2932 against and 2823 for in Gallia. In Meigs and Vinton Counties combined, votes tallied measured 3017 were for and 5178 against. Hocking County reported one no vote and no yes votes. Jackson County reportedly had votes of 2,220 for and 3,186 against.
President of Rio Grande Community College Dr. Michelle Johnston said despite the outcome, Rio will continue its efforts to provide quality education to the four-county area.
“We are truly grateful for the support we received in all four counties,” Johnston said. “While this was not the outcome we were hoping for, we will continue to use the resources we have to provide a quality education at an affordable price for a stronger community.”
This was the first time the college had returned to the ballot in 43 years. During this time, Rio has used these local funds to directly impact the quality of its academic programs and to support its commitment to an affordable educational option for citizens in the region.
Rio planned to use the levy dollars to support critical educational programs that serve regional and community needs, focusing on preparing today and tomorrow’s workforce.
The community college will continue to collect on the existing levy.
“Although the levy did not pass, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our campaign volunteers for all of their help over the past several months,” Johnston said. “They have worked tirelessly to educate their communities on the importance of Rio Grande Community College and inform voters of the impact this levy would have had on the success of our college, the local economy and future students throughout the area. These important conversations must and will continue.”
“I’m definitely disappointed,” said Gallia Commissioner and Rio Grande Alumni David Smith. “Rio contributes major facilities to the region. With the levy’s defeat, it will certainly have an impact on our educational and economic futures. I know no one wants to pay more taxes but this will impact us all.”
For more information about Rio Grande Community College, please visit rio.edu.