Clark County voters did not approve Issue 25 yesterday. The Developmental Disabilities Board there was seeking approval of a new, 1.75 million, eight year levy. WYSO's Wayne Baker reports that the issue failed by more than 1,100 votes.
According to unofficial results with 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Issue 25 failed by a count of 51 to 49 percent. More than 30,000 voters were against the measure and 29,000 voted to approve it.
The Board says passage of the levy would have generated $4 million for the organization to continue a wide range of services for the disabled community.
Wittenberg political science expert, Rob Baker, says it was an election night surprise that the levy didn't pass.
“Clark Countians have supported, particularly, the mental health services pretty well here in Clark County over the years. But, I think given the recession and given the increased emphasis on local revenue that people are just more reticent to say yes to any tax increase at that level,” said Rob Baker.
Board officials say the organization will now face a $4.7 million budget shortage in 2013 since Issue 25 didn't pass.