In 2017, the levy ballot issue was a combination 3.95 mil property tax levy and 0.5% earned income tax levy. This ballot issue failed 43% to 57%, or by ~400 votes. After the November election, a community survey was run to better understand the factors that influenced the overall "NO" vote.
Two major factors emerged: First, seniors/retirees overall voted YES for the levy. They recognized the need for a new building and appreciated that the property tax burden was offset by the earned income tax. Second, income earners who did NOT have students in the school tended to vote against the levy beacuse of the earned income tax.
The full results of this survey can be found by searching this site.
What happened in the November 2017 election with Issue 33?