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On Tuesday, November 4th, Ohio voters will elect a slew of statewide offices and decide on many local issues.

New And Additional School Levy Results Mixed In May, With Slim Margins In Some Cases

Preliminary results are in from school levies on the May 6 ballot across the Miami Valley and in a low turn-out primary election, just a handful of people made some of these decisions.

The Brookville school district, in western Montgomery county, has had a new levy defeated twice, in one case by just two votes. The district did a big push to get out the vote this time, and that seems to have worked: initial results show that levy winning by about 250 votes.

In the Greenon district in Clark County, a difference of just 59 votes defeated a levy, which leaders say will mean making immediate cuts. But in the Clark-Shawnee district, results went the other way by less than a hundred votes; that district was also facing a deficit.

In Greene County, Greeneview’s .25 percent 30-year income tax for schools was defeated by 350 people, which is actually a fairly wide margin in that small district.

On the other hand, the Tri-County School District in rural Lewisburg passeda 1 percent tax by a couple hundred votes.

These are all new or additional taxes, which are generally more difficult to pass; most renewal levies (which don’t increase tax rates) passed around the state.

 

Preliminary results for local school levies (new or additional):*

Clark County:

Greenon LSD, additional 4.96-mill levy to avoid an operating deficit DID NOT PASS

FOR THE TAX LEVY 1,701   49.15%

AGAINST THE TAX LEVY  1,760   50.85%

Clark-Shawnee LSD, 6.95-mill additional 10-year levy to avoid an operating deficit PASSED

FOR THE TAX LEVY 1,853   51.27%

AGAINST THE TAX LEVY 1,761   48.73%

Greene County:

Greeneview LSD, .25 percent 30-year income tax increase (also affects some voters in Clinton and Fayette Counties; these are just Greene County results) DID NOT PASS

FOR THE TAX 450 35.97%

AGAINST THE TAX 801 64.03%

Montgomery County:

Brookville LSD, 5.25-mill additional levy for operating expenses PASSED

FOR THE TAX LEVY 1466 54.62%

AGAINST THE TAX LEVY 1218 45.38%

Preble County:

Tri-County North LSD, 1 percent, five-year additional income tax for schools (also affects some Montgomery and Darke County voters; these are just Preble County results) PASSED

FOR THE TAX  886   59.38%

AGAINST THE TAX 606   40.62%

*These results can change based on recounts and/or provisional ballots.

Lewis Wallace is WYSO's economics reporter. Follow him @lewispants.