Fifty percent of Ohio school tax issues approved Tuesday in special election

Lorain County voters OK Midview school district issue.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Feb 6, 2013

Voters across Ohio approved three out of six school tax issues during the Feb. 5 special election.

All six school tax issues on the ballot were for new money.

Although the sample size is much smaller, Tuesday’s passage rate of 50 percent is largely consistent with the passage rate of 55 percent in the November 2012 general election. Faced with funding reductions in the last state budget, declining revenues and a difficult economy, more school districts have been forced to turn to their local communities for support.

Jackson Center Local (Shelby County), Midview Local (Lorain County) and Waterloo Local (Portage County) had their ballot issues approved by voters on Tuesday.

Coventry Local (Summit County), Edison Local (Jefferson County) and Hillsdale Local (Ashland County) were not so fortunate.

“Gaining approval of levies for new money is always difficult — particularly in a special election and a challenging economy,” said Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) Director of Legislative Services Damon Asbury. “Certainly the three successful districts are to be congratulated, while the other three will have to take a step back to assess their plans.”

Election results are complete, but have not been officially certified by the secretary of state. OSBA maintains a comprehensive online database on the outcome of school tax issues across the state. To access it, visit http://links.ohioschoolboards.or....

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