Ohio voters went to the polls for more than candidates Tuesday:They went to decide on the fate of schools around the southwestregion.
Some levies passed and others failed. Get the full results oflevies 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 willhave to be made with the failure of the levy. That could meanelimination of junior high school sports, a staff/teacher reductionof 130 people and reduced bus service. It's estimated that the levywould have cost the owner of a $100,000 home $20 a month inadditional property taxes.
Edgewood School District levy: Passed. The levy passed with 58 percent of the vote. The substitutelevy will not raise taxes, according to district leaders. In fact,they say it replaces an existing emergency operating levy and willreduce property taxes $18 per $100,000 valuation.
Bethel-Tate Schools income tax: Failed. This income tax failed with 65 percent of voters votingagainst imposing a 1 percent income tax. Leaders of Bethel-TateLocal Schools are expecting a 10 percent cut in State of Ohiofunding, which would cut $900,000 from the district's annualbudget. To counter that, the school board decided to try the onepercent earned income tax instead of a measure that could raisetaxes on every property owner within the district's boundaries. ABethel-Tate school board member says they will have to cut 15positions without this income tax.
Felicity-Franklin Local Schools income tax:Failed. This income tax levy failed with 70 percent of voters in thedistrict voting against a 1 percent income tax. Like Bethel-Tate,voters in the Felicity-Franklin Local School District were beingasked to approve the tax on earned income to provide operatingfunds for the district.
Deer Park Schools bond issue: Failed. Voters in the Deer Park School District narrowly votedagainst a bond issue for 5.87 mills to generate $30 million forschool construction and improvements with 52 percent of the vote.The bond issue was to renovate the Junior/Senior High School andseparate out a middle school and a high school as well as build anew elementary school. Approval would have generated just over $1million annually and the owner of a $100,000 home would have paidan additional $174.90 in property taxes a year.
Lockland School District levy: Failed. The levy failed with 69 percent of those in the districtvoting against approval of an additional 14.95 mills for acontinuing period of time for operating expenses. Passage of thelevy would have meant an extra $445.44 in property taxes for theowner of a $100,000 home. The issue would have generated over $1million a year for a continuing period of time. Levy ChairpersonBecky Harper said $700,000 in cuts will have to be made by thestart of the 2011-2012 school year without the levy. That includesmiddle school, reserve and freshman sports plus arts programs suchas band. A majority of "no" votes could also renew discussion ofLockland merging with another school district.
Mt. Healthy School District levy: Failed. Voters turned down an additional 7.65 mills for a continuingperiod of time for operating expenses with 60 percent of the vote.Like North College Hill, Mount Healthy sought extra money to finishwork on school building reconstruction. If the levy had passed,over $2.7 million would be generated each year for a continuingperiod of time. It would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home anextra $227.93 in property taxes.
North College Hill School District levy: Failed. A 62 percent majority voted against the additional 4.96 millsfor five years for emergency requirements. The North College HillSchools Superintendent said the levy would have generated $760,000a year, approximately what he believes cuts in state funding willequal for the 2011 and 2012 school years. Approval of the issuewould have meant that the owner of a $100,000 house paying anadditional $147.79 in property taxes a year. The district cut $1.5million from the budget this past year, including staff reductionsof approximately 10 percent. Levy failure means more possiblepersonnel and program reductions.
Sycamore School District bond issue: Passed Voters passed a bond issue of 0.61 mills for 25 years togenerate $17.5 million for school construction and improvementswith 56 percent of the vote. The bond issue is to pay for areplacement for Maple Dale Elementary School. The $17.5 millionproject will cost the owner of a $100,000 house $18.18 inadditional, 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 forschool construction and improvements with 58 percent of the votegoing against it. A new Franklin High School would have beenconstructed if voters approved the bond issue.
Kings School District levy: Passed. A 60 percent vote for the renewal of 3.0 mills for five yearsfor operating expenses in the Kings School District passes thislevy.
Lebanon School District levy: Passed. Voters approved a renewal of 5.41 mills for three years foroperating 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 insignificant cuts in personal and programs.
Little Miami School District levy: Failed. The levy was voted against by 51 percent of the district with100 percent of precincts reporting even in light of numerous levyfailures that have resulted in a State Oversight Commissioncontrolling district operations. At stake was an additional 10.95mill incremental tax levy for five years for operating expenses.Leaders at Little Miami schools say the district is at acrossroads. The district has cut $7 million in spending, includingtrimming 70 jobs, to balance the budget. Still, a $5.8 milliondeficit is projected for 2011. Approval of the 10.95 millincremental levy would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home $28 amonth in additional property taxes.
Mason City School District levy: Failed. Voters would not pass this levy as 53 percent voted againstan additional 6.95 mill phased-in tax levy for a continuing periodof time for current expenses. The cost to the owner of a $100,000home would have been $213 a year in additional property taxes overa three year period. Approval would have meant current programsstay at their existing levels. Failure now means the possibility offurther cuts.
Springboro School District levy: Failed. Voters turned down an additional 6.83 mills for five yearsfor current expenses with a 53 percent vote. Approval of the 6.83mill levy would have meant the owner of a $100,000 home would pay$209 in additional property taxes a year. District officials saythe extra funds would restore busing, reduce class sizes and helplessen the Pay-To-Play fees that have been implemented.