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Local voters approved six of 19 school tax issues on the ballot in yesterday’s special election, unofficial election results gathered by the Ohio School Boards Association show.
That approval rate of 32 percent is similar to the results from last August’s special election. About 31 percent of school tax issues passed in the August 2012 special election.
And, also in line with past trends, renewal levies fared better than levies asking voters to approve new taxes.
In yesterday’s election, 20 percent of the 15 new school tax issues were approved and 75 percent of the four renewal school tax issues were approved, according to the school boards association’s tally.
But school districts may have a harder time convincing voters to approve tax issues this fall.
That’s because the state budget approved earlier this summer removed a state subsidy for local school levies. The state used to pick up 12.5 percent of the cost of new or replacement levies from its general fund.
Levies approved in November 2013 elections and future elections will no longer be subject to that state subsidy.
Lawmakers who eliminated the state subsidy say doing so makes the full cost of local levies more transparent to taxpayers.
But Ohio School Boards Association Executive Director Richard Lewis thinks it may make it harder for districts to sell voters on approving levies:
“In many Ohio communities, local taxpayers already provide the majority of the funding for their schools — and now they will have to pay more for new levies. We worry this could be a deal-breaker for new levies during a time when school district budgets are already stretched thin.”
Unofficial August 2013 Special Election Results
|District||County||Type of Issue||New or Renewal?||Result|
|Brooklyn City||Cuyahoga||Operating Expense||Renewal||Failed|
|Brown Local||Carroll||Building and Improvements||New||Passed|
|Cloverleaf Local||Medina||Emergency Operating||Renewal||Passed|
|Cloverleaf Local||Medina||Emergency Operating||New||Failed|
|East Guernsey Local||Guernsey||Emergency Operating||New||Failed|
|Field Local||Portage||Current Operating Expense and Permanent Improvements||New||Failed|
|Franklin City||Warren||Current Expense||New||Failed|
|Galion Local||Crawford||Current Expense and Improvements||New||Failed|
|Greenville City||Darke||Building and Improvements||New||Passed|
|Huber Heights City||Montgomery||Current Operating Expense||New||Failed|
|Lebanon City||Warren||Permanent Improvement||Renewal||Passed|
|Northeastern Local||Clark||Current Expenses||New||Failed|
|Orrville City||Wayne||Operating Deficit||Renewal||Passed|
|Perkins Local||Erie||Emergency Operating||New||Failed|
|Sidney City||Shelby||Current Expense||New||Failed|
|Swanton Local||Fulton||Building and Improvement||New||Failed|
|Tecumseh Local||Clark||Emergency Operating||New||Failed|
|West Liberty-Salem Local||Logan||Current Expense and Improvements||New||Passed|
Source: Ohio School Boards Association