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Special Election Brings Mixed News for School Districts

Several communities in the Miami Valley held special elections last night.

The Dayton Daily News reports that Xenia City School’s request for a 1.5 percent earned income tax failed by a wide margin – 26 percent in favor with 74 percent against.  This means that Xenia City Schools will maintain its current earning tax rate of 0.5 percent.

The Vandalia-Butler City School District placed a 6.99 mill levy for operations and improvements, which also failed with 44 percent voting in favor of the levy and 56 percent against.  Superintendent Christy Donnelly says that the district will try another levy in November.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools also saw a levy defeat.   Their 7.95 mill emergency levy failed by nearly a two-to-one margin.   Superintendent John Kronour says the district will have to make $1M in cuts; that’s in addition to $1.3M in cuts already made.

Voters in Northmont City School district gave the thumbs-up to a 5.9 mill operating levy.  Sixty-eight percent of voters approved the levy.  District Treasurer Sandy Harris says that the levy’s passage will continue funding the schools daily operations.

Bethel Local Schools had two levies on the ballot.  Both passed, with 57 percent of voters approving a 2 mill levy for permanent improvements, and a 7 mill operational levy approved by 52 percent of voters.

Voters in Franklin approved a 3.5 mill levy to merge EMS services with the fire department.

And in Farmersville, the village’s 2.5 mill operating levy passed comfortably by 79 percent.