Election Day 2013 is over and voters went to the polls Tuesday to change the shape of the Tri-State.
Below is a recap of key outcomes from the election and how they will affect you:
John Cranley elected next mayor of Cincinnati
Lawyer and vocal streetcar opponent John Cranley beat Roxanne Qualls Tuesday to become the next mayor of Cincinnati.
Cranley, 39, won 58 percent of the votes and didn't skip a beat by imploring city leaders to immediately stop streetcar spending until he can take office December 1.
"They should stop spending right away," a jubilant Cranley said, who was with his wife at the Banks celebrating his victory.
David Mann returns, Laure Quinlivan bows out in Cincinnati City Council race
Senior statesman David Mann predicted that the City Hall elections would be a referendum on the streetcar and it looks like he was right.
At 74, the white-haired former mayor and nine-term council member was re-elected to Cincinnati City Council after two decades Tuesday night, along with two other newcomers who vocally opposed the streetcar.
With all precincts reporting, it looked like once-popular incumbent Laure Quinlivan rode the streetcar to defeat, while Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls, the biggest streetcar supporter on the ballot, lost her run for mayor to John Cranley.
Amy Murray and Kevin Flynn will also join the first nine-member council elected to a four-year term instead of two years.
Lakota School tax levy passes...for now
The fourth time appeared to be the charm for the Lakota School District levy Tuesday.
By a razor thin margin, voters passed the levy after three previous unsuccessful attempts.
The levy passed by just 241 votes, but it does not include 211 provisional ballots cast by voters in the school district.
Those votes will likely even further narrow the margin and as such will most likely trigger a recount, county election officials said.
Incumbent and three new members elected to Cincinnati Public Schools board
Three new people and an incumbent will help guide the future of the Cincinnati Public Schools system.
With all precincts reporting, the four winning candidates in the CPS board race are incumbent Melanie Bates with 18 percent of the vote; Ericka Copeland-Dansby with 15 percent; Elisa Hoffman with 14 percent; and Daniel Minera with 11 percent.
Fixing the lowest performing schools, expanding preschool offerings and expanding and improving the district’s Community Learning Centers emerged as top issues this campaign season.
Voters approve Public Library Issue 1 levy
The Hamilton County Library levy passed in Tuesday’s election.
The total count from all precincts reporting showed that the levy was approved. Those in favor of the tax outweighed those against it. It was approved by 80 percent on people at the polls.
The Issue 1 proposed to help Public Library keep operations and offset lost state funds. With continued local funding, about $181 million is expected to be produced over the next ten years.
Cincinnati Zoo tax levy renewal passes
Voters said yes Tuesday to a tax levy renewal in Hamilton County for the Cincinnati Zoo park services and facilities.
Renewal of the Issue 2 levy is to provide and maintain zoological park services and facilities.
The levy will generate about $6.8 million annually in revenues. Because it is a renewal, property owners won’t see an increase in their tax bill.
Voters say loud no to Issue 4 pension reform
Cincinnati voters overwhelmingly rejected Issue 4, a major overhaul of the city’s troubled pension system, in Tuesday’s election.
The vote was 79 percent against and 21 percent for.
A private group known as the Cincinnati for Pension Reform Committee gathered enough signatures last summer to place a charter amendment on the ballot.
The amendment would have required the city to pay off its $872 million unfunded liability in the current pension system within 10 years.
West Clermont Local School District operating levy rejected
Voters rejected a proposed 5.8 mill operating levy, that was expected to generate $7.2 million annually for the West Clermont Local School District.
There were 6,604 votes for the levy (44 percent) and 8,404 against it (56 percent).
Before its rejection Tuesday, the district promised to use the funds to restore art, music and physical education classes at district elementary schools, provide additional busing and restore kindergarten classes to a full schedule.
Oak Hills voters pass school levy
The second time was a charm for the Oak Hills School District levy.
After voters rejected it in May, they passed the five-year, 4.82-mill levy Tuesday and prevented another round of deep budget cuts.
The vote was 57 percent for and 43 percent against - a swing of 12 percent from last May, when the levy failed 55 percent to 45 percent vote.
More key school levies voted on around the Tri-State
Other key school levies were voted on around Ohio.
Tax levies voted on around Ohio
Several key levies were also voted on in communities around Southwestern Ohio on Election Day.
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