Schools regroup after levy losses

SANDUSKY School districts lick their wounds and return to the drawing boards after six failed levies in the area. They
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

School districts lick their wounds and return to the drawing boards after six failed levies in the area.

They aren't alone -- just 89 out of 164 school levies in Ohio passed in Tuesday's primary election.

Renewal levies had the best luck rolling the election dice.

Of operating levies on the ballot, 100 percent of renewal income tax levies passed and 95 percent of renewal property tax levies passed. At the same time, just 33 percent of new property tax levies passed and 11 percent of new income tax levies passed in the state.

"Renewal and replacement levies are certainly easier to pass than brand new money," said Scott Ebright, spokesman for the Ohio School Board Association. "New money is harder to pass because people have to dig deeper in their pockets."

Locally, seven area districts had a total of nine levies on the ballot. Of those, three passed. Benton-Carroll-Salem schools, Monroeville schools and Willard schools all had renewal levies pass. Margaretta, Sandusky and Bellevue school districts went home from the polls defeated.

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