ASHLAND, WI -- Ashland County residents voted against a property tax hike for a second time Tuesday.
County leaders were asking homeowners to increase their property taxes by about $1 million dollars per year, which would have amounted to about $87 for the average Ashland home.
About 1,800 people voted against that increase.
Nearly 1,200 voted in favor of it.
The money would have helped cover employee health insurance and other costs.
The county says without it, they might be forced to make cuts.
Ashland county voters turned down a similar referendum in 2018.
At the time, the county needed the money to fight the growing drug problem.