The Middletown schools levy has passed by the slimmest of margins, meaning planned improvements to educational facilities in the district can move forward.
The district’s $55 million bond issue and 0.26-mill permanent improvement tax levy held on for 22-vote victory Friday after recounts were conducted by the boards of elections in Butler and Warren counties.
Automatic recounts are required when the results of a candidate race or ballot issue are within one half of one percent.
That same margin of victory was certified by elections officials in Warren and Butler counties on May 22 and May 23, respectively.
Now, Middletown City Schools officials will collect $40 million from the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission to build a new middle school and renovate the high school, according to a report from the Journal-News.
If the tax measure had failed in the May 6 primary election, the school district would have lost out on those funds, according to Journal-News writer Michael D. Pitman. The report indicates the school district also would have been put at the back of the line of schools waiting for such funding.
School officials told Pitman it would have likely been several more years before they had another shot at state money for the projects.
A recount has not overturned a Butler County election result since the it went to electronic voting in 2005.