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A Vote For Danville sign seen at a Danville home on Thursday afternoon. Danville Local Schools has a renewal income tax levy issue on the November 2023 ballot. Credit: Grant Ritchey

DANVILLE — Danville voters approved the school district’s 1.25% renewable income tax levy easily on Tuesday, according to final, unofficial results from the Knox and Holmes County Boards of Elections.

In Knox County, the totals included 680 for the levy’s approval, while 483 voted against its passage, representing a 197-vote margin.

In Holmes County, which includes a sliver of Danville Local Schools, 7 voted for the tax levy, while10 voted against the levy, according to final, unofficial results from Holmes County Board of Elections.

Danville superintendent Jason Snively saw the results right when they came in, and was excited.

“This year we’ve really come together as a school community and a greater community,” Snively said. “I think that’s showing what kind of a community that we have and we come together academically as a staff and a community as well as with the extracurricular success that we have.

“It’s just awesome.”

The levy’s passage will assure “all the things we’ve put into place academically and improving our buildings, updating our buildings will continue,” Snively said. “I also look at it really affecting the staff when it comes to salaries.

“We hope to become close the gap between us and other school districts in the county. That’s gonna be something we’re gonna look hard at with the Board of Education and see what we can do to better support our staff. And hopefully, we have the culture that I think people want.”

Colopy, Byers, Stephens win board seats

Out of the 10 candidates, Chris Colopy, Joshua K. Byers and Dawna Stephens secured their seats, according to final, unofficial results from the Knox and Holmes County Board of Elections.

Colopy was the leader with 597 votes; Byers with 422 and Stephens with 385, according to final, unofficial results from both counties.

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