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Vote Happened, Needs Remain, Consensus Emerges

Posted By Arkansas Learns, Wednesday, May 10, 2017

On Tuesday, May 9th, just over ten percent (11,105) of the Little Rock School District's registered voters cast ballots. Nearly two-thirds of those rejected the plan to refinance and extend the district's debt in order to build a new Little Rock Southwest High School, repurpose McClellan, and make capital improvements to every campus in the district.

The vote wasn't close, losing nearly two-to-one. FOR voters only carried nine precincts - five in West Little Rock, two in the Heights, and two on Woodlawn.

For perspective, on May 9, 2000 - exactly seventeen years ago, 12.96% of registered voters (16,486) cast ballots to increase the district's millage from 41.4 mills to the current 46.4 for the next thirty years. The official results were 9,335 (56.6%) FOR, 7,151 (43.4%) AGAINST.

With all the passion surrounding this election, 5,381 fewer voters participated. That tells us something. But as we saw with the campaign, meaning resides in the eyes of the beholders.

Precinct Address FOR Percentage AGAINST Percentage Turnout
58 16025 Taylor Loop Rd 48 52.75 31 47.25 10.13
63 300 Parkway Pl 0 0.00 0 0.00 0.00
65 12415 Cantrell Rd 44 42.72 59 57.28 8.96
66 12900 Cantrell Rd 92 44.23 116 55.77 11.34
67 3700 N Rodney Parham 79 40.10 118 59.90 9.61
68 16025 Taylor Loop Rd 151 52.98 134 47.02 12.50
69 62 Pleasant Valley Dr 127 49.03 132 50.97 12.57
70 10900 Rodney Parham 117 49.58 119 50.42 19.03
71 12301 Hinson Rd 170 47.89 185 52.11 14.21
72 10900 Rodney Parham 20 24.39 62 75.61 5.92
73 300 Parkway Place 94 51.93 87 48.07 10.07
74 12301 Hinson Rd 46 37.70 76 62.30 7.99
75 701 Napa Valley Rd 42 35.59 76 64.41 5.80
76 300 Parkway Pl 35 27.78 91 72.22 7.00
77 701 Napa Valley Rd 8 57.14 6 42.86 4.68
78 10001 Kanis Rd 37 28.46 93 71.54 6.19
79 13000 W Baseline 12 24.49 37 75.51 5.53
80 13000 W Baseline 56 24.24 175 75.76 9.22
81 10300 Mabelvale West 28 31.82 60 68.18 4.36
82 7601 Baseline Rd 21 21.00 79 79.00 4.85
83 9621 Tall Timber Rd 43 17.13 208 82.87 10.91
84 9400 Col. Glenn Rd 26 9.89 237 90.11 11.48
85 10001 Kanis Rd 37 24.03 117 75.97 6.47
86 1701 S Harrison St 16 11.85 119 88.15 10.69
87 9820 W Markham 48 29.63 114 70.37 9.67
88 321 Pleasant Valley Dr 109 37.85 179 62.15 14.75
89 1818 Reservoir Rd 49 35.25 90 64.75 7.40
90 600 Pleasant Valley Dr 185 60.86 119 39.14 18.35
91 2710 McKinley 128 47.76 140 52.24 16.70
92 2223 Durwood Rd 88 39.64 134 60.36 15.19
93 1200 N Mississippi 82 38.14 133 61.86 12.71
94 1200 N Mississippi 97 49.24 100 50.76 13.58
95 9301 Rodney Parham 115 39.25 178 60.75 14.24
96 1000 N Mississippi 77 49.68 78 50.32 16.79
97 7525 W Markham 25 22.32 87 77.68 8.21
98 1709 Barrow Rd 16 14.29 96 85.71 6.58
99 6401 W 32nd 33 27.05 89 72.95 8.30
100 6401 W 32nd 4 7.69 48 92.31 5.62
101 9621 Tall Timber Blvd 14 15.38 77 84.62 7.95
102 5630 Mabelvale Pike 18 16.67 90 83.33 6.51
103 6219 Baseline Rd 34 26.56 94 73.44 7.10
104 10610 Chicot Rd 32 16.16 166 83.34 8.66
105 9300 Geyer Springs 28 22.76 95 77.24 7.95
106 5220 Kavanaugh Blvd 222 66.47 112 33.53 21.14
107 5220 Kavanaugh Blvd 297 72.63 112 27.38 31.22
108 5520 Woodlawn Dr 166 62.64 99 37.36 18.65
109 4401 Woodlawn Dr 257 45.57 307 54.43 20.00
110 5520 Woodlawn Dr 46 53.49 40 46.51 7.47
111 4823 Woodlawn Dr 86 33.99 167 66.01 9.06
112 4401 Woodlawn Dr 29 21.01 109 78.99 12.40
113 2715 W 7th St 41 15.71 220 84.29 15.31
114 501 E 9th St 46 29.11 112 70.89 8.10
115 1701 S Harrison St 15 8.43 163 91.57 9.30
116 1200 Lewis St 5 5.26 90 94.74 6.57
117 1513 Park St 12 9.52 114 90.48 5.43
118 1001 W 16th St 27 13.43 174 86.57 9.75
119 1720 W 23rd St 25 15.06 141 84.94 9.34
120 4800 W 26th St 6 6.74 83 93.26 4.41
121 5500 Geyer Springs Rd 12 11.32 94 88.68 5.38
122 2901 W Roosevelt Rd 13 15.85 69 84.15 5.60
123 7701 Scott Hamilton 8 25.81 23 74.19 1.82
124 7701 Scott Hamilton 21 23.86 67 76.14 4.19
125 3623 Baseline Rd 6 14.29 36 85.71 5.56
128 2701 S Main St 46 19.41 191 80.59 10.18
129 7500 Lindsey Rd 8 19.51 33 80.49 6.25
130 4801 Frazier Pike 6 40.00 9 60.00 7.85
134 2500 E 6th St 5 9.26 49 90.74 5.33
135 2801 Springer Blvd 2 10.53 17 89.47 12.75
TOTAL 3,938 35.46 7,167 64.54 10.04

 

Throughout the campaign, opponents of the millage extension countered that the district should use its "surplus" debt service mills for the proposed construction and capital improvements. The problem is, since 2000, when voters increased the millage from 41.4 mills to 46.4, with 12.4 mills dedicated to debt service, elected boards and administrations have used any "surplus" for operations. As a result, over two-thirds of debt service mills are not being used as voters intended - for debt service.

Superintendent Poore and Commissioner Key should honor the decisions of voters yesterday and seventeen years ago and cut the 2017-18 budget by nearly $30,000,000 in order to free 100% of those bonds to finance, perhaps via second lien bonds, the Little Rock Southwest High School, as well as much needed capital improvements throughout the district.

While it will be far more painful than what the Superintendent and Commissioner originally proposed, the voters have spoken.

Notes on Turnout

  • Highest Turnout Percentage: 31.22% (Precinct 107, 5220 Kavanaugh Blvd)
  • Lowest Turnout Percentage: 1.82% (Precinct 123, 7701 Scott Hamilton Dr)
  • Highest Vote Total: 664 (Precinct 109, 4401 Woodlawn Dr)
  • Lowest Vote Total: 14 (Precinct 77, 701 Napa Valley Rd)
  • Highest FOR Total: 297 (Precinct 107, 5220 Kavanaugh Blvd)
  • Highest FOR Percentage: 72.53% (Precinct 107, 5220 Kavanaugh Blvd)
  • Lowest FOR Total: 2 (Precinct 135, 2801 Springer Blvd)
  • Lowest FOR Percentage: 5.26% (Precinct 116, 1200 Lewis St)
  • Highest AGAINST Total: 307 (Precinct 109, 4401 Woodlawn Dr)
  • Highest AGAINST Percentage: 94.74% (Precinct 116, 1200 Lewis St)
  • Lowest AGAINST Total: 6 (Precinct 77, 701 Napa Valley Rd)
  • Lowest AGAINST Percentage: 27.38% (Precinct 106, 5220 Kavanaugh Blvd)

Notes on West Little Rock
*Hyperlink indicates precinct located in or proximate to West Little Rock.

  • 1,367 (46.23%) FOR
  • 1,590 (53.77%) AGAINST
  • 34.71% of Total FOR Votes
  • 22.19% of Total AGAINST Votes
  • 16 of 67 Total Precincts (23.88%)
  • 2,957 Total Votes (26.63% of Overall Total)

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