Ohio voters went to the polls for more than candidates Tuesday: They went to decide on the fate of schools around the southwest region.
Some levies passed and others failed. Get the full results of levies by county below.
Lakota School District levy: Failed.
Of those in the district, 53 percent voted against the levy. District leaders have said an additional $12 million in cuts will have to be made with the failure of the levy. That could mean elimination of junior high school sports, a staff/teacher reduction of 130 people and reduced bus service. It's estimated that the levy would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home $20 a month in additional property taxes.
Edgewood School District levy: Passed.
The levy passed with 58 percent of the vote. The substitute levy will not raise taxes, according to district leaders. In fact, they say it replaces an existing emergency operating levy and will reduce property taxes $18 per $100,000 valuation.
Bethel-Tate Schools income tax: Failed.
This income tax failed with 65 percent of voters voting against imposing a 1 percent income tax. Leaders of Bethel-Tate Local Schools are expecting a 10 percent cut in State of Ohio funding, which would cut $900,000 from the district's annual budget. To counter that, the school board decided to try the one percent earned income tax instead of a measure that could raise taxes on every property owner within the district's boundaries. A Bethel-Tate school board member says they will have to cut 15 positions without this income tax.
Felicity-Franklin Local Schools income tax: Failed.
This income tax levy failed with 70 percent of voters in the district voting against a 1 percent income tax. Like Bethel-Tate, voters in the Felicity-Franklin Local School District were being asked to approve the tax on earned income to provide operating funds for the district.
Deer Park Schools bond issue: Failed.
Voters in the Deer Park School District narrowly voted against a bond issue for 5.87 mills to generate $30 million for school construction and improvements with 52 percent of the vote. The bond issue was to renovate the Junior/Senior High School and separate out a middle school and a high school as well as build a new elementary school. Approval would have generated just over $1 million annually and the owner of a $100,000 home would have paid an additional $174.90 in property taxes a year.
Lockland School District levy: Failed.
The levy failed with 69 percent of those in the district voting against approval of an additional 14.95 mills for a continuing period of time for operating expenses. Passage of the levy would have meant an extra $445.44 in property taxes for the owner of a $100,000 home. The issue would have generated over $1 million a year for a continuing period of time. Levy Chairperson Becky Harper said $700,000 in cuts will have to be made by the start of the 2011-2012 school year without the levy. That includes middle school, reserve and freshman sports plus arts programs such as band. A majority of "no" votes could also renew discussion of Lockland merging with another school district.
Mt. Healthy School District levy: Failed.
Voters turned down an additional 7.65 mills for a continuing period of time for operating expenses with 60 percent of the vote. Like North College Hill, Mount Healthy sought extra money to finish work on school building reconstruction. If the levy had passed, over $2.7 million would be generated each year for a continuing period of time. It would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home an extra $227.93 in property taxes.
North College Hill School District levy: Failed.
A 62 percent majority voted against the additional 4.96 mills for five years for emergency requirements. The North College Hill Schools Superintendent said the levy would have generated $760,000 a year, approximately what he believes cuts in state funding will equal for the 2011 and 2012 school years. Approval of the issue would have meant that the owner of a $100,000 house paying an additional $147.79 in property taxes a year. The district cut $1.5 million from the budget this past year, including staff reductions of approximately 10 percent. Levy failure means more possible personnel and program reductions.
Sycamore School District bond issue: Passed
Voters passed a bond issue of 0.61 mills for 25 years to generate $17.5 million for school construction and improvements with 56 percent of the vote. The bond issue is to pay for a replacement for Maple Dale Elementary School. The $17.5 million project will cost the owner of a $100,000 house $18.18 in additional, annual property taxes for 25 years.
Franklin City School District bond issue: Failed.
Voters denied a bond issue of 4.2 mills for 38 years for school construction and improvements with 58 percent of the vote going against it. A new Franklin High School would have been constructed if voters approved the bond issue.
Kings School District levy: Passed.
A 60 percent vote for the renewal of 3.0 mills for five years for operating expenses in the Kings School District passes this levy.
Lebanon School District levy: Passed.
Voters approved a renewal of 5.41 mills for three years for operating expenses with 59 percent of the vote. The levy generates $4.2 million a year. The renewal will not increase property taxes. School leaders said failure of the levy would have resulted in significant cuts in personal and programs.
Little Miami School District levy: Failed.
The levy was voted against by 51 percent of the district with 100 percent of precincts reporting even in light of numerous levy failures that have resulted in a State Oversight Commission controlling district operations. At stake was an additional 10.95 mill incremental tax levy for five years for operating expenses. Leaders at Little Miami schools say the district is at a crossroads. The district has cut $7 million in spending, including trimming 70 jobs, to balance the budget. Still, a $5.8 million deficit is projected for 2011. Approval of the 10.95 mill incremental levy would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home $28 a month in additional property taxes.
Mason City School District levy: Failed.
Voters would not pass this levy as 53 percent voted against an additional 6.95 mill phased-in tax levy for a continuing period of time for current expenses. The cost to the owner of a $100,000 home would have been $213 a year in additional property taxes over a three year period. Approval would have meant current programs stay at their existing levels. Failure now means the possibility of further cuts.
Springboro School District levy: Failed.
Voters turned down an additional 6.83 mills for five years for current expenses with a 53 percent vote. Approval of the 6.83 mill levy would have meant the owner of a $100,000 home would pay $209 in additional property taxes a year. District officials say the extra funds would restore busing, reduce class sizes and help lessen the Pay-To-Play fees that have been implemented.
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