A petition drive aimed at protesting a recent 0.75% mil levy property tax increase by the Cowley College Board of Trustees has fallen short of the required number of signatures. The petition had to be filed within 60 days after the last legal notice that the college was required to publish. That deadline was Tuesday, meaning the effort ran short of time. They say although they began collecting signatures in early March, they began to run into some problems when things began to shut down because of the coronavirus scare. Had it been successful, the petition would have placed the decision regarding the tax increase on the ballot in Cowley County in the November election. College officials said the property tax increase would cost a $100,000 home an estimated $11 per year and would generate about $1 million through five years to fund building and other maintenance costs.