(Sidney) -- Results of the Sidney School District's bond issue referendum earlier this month are under review.
At its regular meeting Tuesday morning, the Fremont County Board of Supervisors approved a request for a recount of the results of the April 2nd special election on a $10 million bond issue. Both propositions listed on the ballot failed to meet the necessary 60% supermajority. Proposition A, which granted the district the authority to issue general obligation bonds, received 59.86% of the vote--just one vote shy of 60%. Proposition B, which granted school officials authority to levy between $2.70 and $4.05 per thousand dollars valuation, received only 57.82% of the vote. Fremont County Auditor Dee Owen, however, tells KMA News only one of the two questions needed to pass. Owen says a three-person board will conduct the recount.
"The person that files the petition designates a person to count," said Owen. "I designate a person to count, and then those two people pick a person to count with them. They will then hand count the ballot, and see what the result is."
Owen says Travis Hensley, representing the campaign committee supporting the bond issue, filed the recount petition.
"We welcome the recount," she said. "As soon as we have our team of three put together, we will conduct it, and see what the outcome turns out. I don't expect it to change."
Owen says the recount date has not been set. Sidney school officials proposed the bond issue for a long list of renovations and expansions at Sidney Elementary School, Sidney Junior/Senior High School, and the district's football field and track.