DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Dorchester County school referendum to pay for new facilities which will cost $179 million has passed.
With 61 of 62 precincts reporting, nearly 27,000 people voted yes and 18,000 voted no.
The referendum, supported by the group "Yes 4 Schools," calls for a tax hike to pay for school improvements, new buildings and an aquatic center.
That group's supporters declared an unofficial victory Tuesday after issues with voting machines caused a delay in returns.
The DD2 school improvement referendum means a homeowner with a $100,000 would pay an additional $68 to $70 a year.