CINCINNATI - Taxpayers voted on several local issues in Ohio on a special election day Tuesday. About 35 counties had a total of 60 issues on the ballots.
Most issues concerning the Tri-State involved school levies.
Monroe School District's levy failed 52 percent to 48 percent, or 1,127 votes to 1,045 votes. The district was one of dozens in Ohio seeking a tax levy to help offset rising costs and reduced state funds and property tax revenues. Monroe was recently declared by the state to be in fiscal emergency.
Ross residents in Butler County voted on a 2.5 mills police protection and emergency services levy that failed 69 percent to 31 percent.
Franklin residents in Warren County also voted on a 3.5 mills fire protection levy that passed 58 percent to 42 percent.
Middletown residents voted on the renewal of a one-fourth of a percent levy on income for police and fire operations that passed 76 percent to 24 percent.
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