Erath County voters spoke loud and clear Tuesday when they decisively voted down the Ranger College annexation proposal.

The defeat became clear when early voting totals were tallied shortly after 7 p.m. with 3,248 (97.27 percent) votes against the measure and just 91 (2.83 percent) voting in favor.

In June Ranger College proposed a tax rate of $0.11 per $100 assessed property valuation.

At that time Ranger President Dr. Bill Campion said the annexation would bring more services to the county and lower tuition costs for students enrolled in high school dual classes.

An opposition group soon formed with more than 10,000 members who were vocal on social media sites.