After further review, Monroeville school levy fails

Provisional votes change levy outcome.
Joe Centers
Jun 6, 2013

It's back to square one for the Monroeville Local Schools and their renewal levy.

A renewal levy on the ballot May 7 that originally passed by a 223-214 margin actually failed after the official results were tabulated.

(NOTE - To see the official results from all of the local issues in the primary election, scroll to the bottom of this story and click on the link.)

Superintendent David Stubblebine said the levy failed by eight votes.

"On election night those are all unofficial," said Sharon Locke, Huron County Board of Elections director. "What it was when we did our reconciliation we found some votes. That is what the 10-day period is for -- absentee, provisionals and reconciliation. We gave Monroeville the heads-up call.

"They ended up tied in Huron County and lost two to one in Erie County. They had almost 30 voters in Erie County.

"It ended up eight votes, which is not enough for a recount. They could have requested it but they would have had to paid for it and with that few votes you are never going to find eight."

Locke said things like this do happen.

"Actually, we have seen this before," she said. "Results are always different from the unofficial to official votes. These can change."

Stubblebine, who is leaving at the end of the month to take the superintendent's job at Clyde, said the levy could go back on the November ballot but nothing has been decided.

Stubblebine said the levy raises about $80,000 a year and that money is used for repairs throughout the district.

"That is the first renewal that has failed since I have been here," Stubblebine said.

The old school building is in need of a number of repairs, including new doors.

"To be honest I expected it to pass," Stubblebine said the night of the election.

"The low turnout (9.44 percent) didn't help," he said Wednesday.

 

Comments

Windy

If they are all as corrupt as you claim, I am confident the Ohio AG would be breathing down their necks, retired or not. Please let us know what you find out from calling the treasurer's office.

hit the road jack

Another question: Why is it that everyone on the school board has suddenly retired since they got the income tax to pass for the school, including you? You and I both know the age group that is just retiring are the one's that for years voted no on levies to raise their taxes and now your retired you put the meat to the next group.

KURTje

Hit the road; he is like some others here - they do not embrace the facts.

hit the road jack

And they were probably a graduate of MHS which proves my point (a waste of money)

Windy

@kURTje - People would embrace the facts if you would provide them. All I see here from you and Jack are opinions and assumptions.

rsgabby1

Maybe they should try closing the school from time to time I live 2 blocks from this school and it is open all hours of the day and night it wasn't built to be a day care. People are always there and those of us that live and pay taxes in this town are tired of driving past to see it open as late as 11pm and all day Saturday if they would close the building like their suppose to they would be able to afford to do the repairs needed off of what they would save on the electric bill

KURTje

Okay windy. If you have 80acres or more you were exempt from said tax. If you are retired you are exempt. (Many oldsters make more retired than today's working poor.) If you work for a living, (the few) you pay the lion's share. And people like you want US to pay for your airport too...geez, whadda *****.

Windy

@kURTje - I wish I were a retired airplane owner with 80+ acres. That sounds too good to be true. However, I am just part of the few, poor working stiffs, laden with bills, who votes and pays my taxes on time. You are my hero, kURTje!

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