Once voting returns finally posted to the Mesa County Clerk's website — nearly an hour after polls closed on Tuesday — the city of Grand Junction celebrated a double win while School District 51 officials resigned themselves to sinking $5 million into an aging Grand Junction High School they hoped would be torn down soon.
Voters solidly rejected Ballot Question 4A — the school district's $179.5 million bond proposal — by a margin of 6 percentage points. Asking for another property tax hike — even a small one — so soon after getting two funding measures passed in 2017 proved to be more than voters were willing to take on.
The voters have spoken. That's the way our system works. Anyone who's disappointed with the outcome can look at the 40 percent turnout and wonder if a more engaged electorate would have made a difference.