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Voters again reject Mount Healthy school levy

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CINCINNATI - For the sixth time in two years, voters rejected a property tax levy for the Mount Healthy School District.

The levy was defeated with 54.3 percent of voters opposing the measure, and 45.7 percent in favor.

Voters have rejected property tax levies for the school district five other times since November 2010.

Mount Healthy officials had sought a new 7.65-mill continuous operating levy, which was Issue 44 on the ballot. If approved, it would've generated $2.4 million annually, and would've cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $263.73 more each year in taxes, or about 72 cents per day.

When the levy last failed, in March, the district cut $4 million from its budget, eliminated 74 jobs, and increased pay-to-play fees for its sports programs. Among the cuts were arts, music and physical education classes. Also, it cut high school busing in 2011, which affected 685 students.

Additionally, during the past nine years, the district has cut more than $7 million from its budget. Those cuts include 118 staff positions.

Superintendent Lori Handler said more cuts would be needed in 2014 if the current levy failed, although no specifics have been announced.
 

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