By a 58 percent to 42 percent margin, Neoga voters on Tuesday rejected a $415,000 tax increase that school officials said would have allowed them to restore programs, extracurricular funding, and a normal-length school day.
In Cumberland, Coles and Shelby counties, 970 district residents voted against the measure while 714 were in favor, according to unofficial results.
The totals in all three counties were opposed to the increase. The tally was the closest in Coles County, where 38 voted no and 35 voted yes.
Residents rejected an $800,000 tax increase last year.