EUREKA — The second time was the charm for a Woodford County Schools Facilities Sales Tax.

The tax passed with 65 percent of the vote. With 100 percent of precincts in, the tally was 4,523 in favor and 3,389 against.  

Woodford County’s nine public school districts would split an estimated $1.8 million a year in sales tax revenues. An 2013 attempt to pass a sales tax referendum was defeated decisively.

A 1-percent increase in sales taxes would raise Woodford County’s tax rate to 8.25 percent. But the tax increase will not apply to services or many retail goods, including groceries, medicines, farm equipment and other motor vehicles, from cars to mobile homes.

School districts can only use the tax revenues for building projects such as security and safety upgrades, maintenance and repairs, energy efficiency, land acquisitions, or paying off bonds.

Each district’s share of the projected $1.8 million in revenues is based on its share of the county’s total public school enrollment.

Eureka’s school district, with 22.5 percent of the county’s total enrollment, will receive an estimated $399,243 annually in sales tax revenues.

Metamora High School, Metamora Grade School, and Germantown Hills grade school districts will each receive more than $200,000. Combined, the three school districts make up about 41 percent of the county’s total enrollment.

Pam Adams can be reached at 686-3245 or Follow her on Twitter @padamspam.