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Sharon Springs falls just short of threshold, school bond passes

Sharon Springs fell just short of reaching cityhood.

Those in favor of the city made up about 54 percent of the vote (7,616) and those opposed about 46 percent (6,351) on Tuesday. To pass, the city needed at least 57.5 percent of voters, a compromise between a simple majority and two-thirds majority.

District 25 state Rep. Todd Jones, who introduced House Bill 626, which provided the process for creating the proposed city, said the county needs to come together after the vote. 

“I think it’s imperative that the first thing that we do is we do everything we can to bring the county together,” Jones said. “Whether or not you were on the ‘yes’ side or ‘no’ side, the fact of the matter is I think the vote tells us something. I think it’s something that we need to react to, but the first thing we need to do is really bring the county together.”

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Forsyth County voters have approved a $295,000,000 school bond that supporters say will fund four new schools, new school technology, improved facilities and safety measures in the coming years.

According to the Forsyth County Department of Voter Registrations and Elections, the bond received 66.5 percent of the 32,008 ballots cast.

“We are very grateful for the continued support from our community to provide improvements for students and teachers across the district,” said Forsyth County School Superintendent Jeff Bearden.

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