Most School Tax Issues Defeated This Week in Ohio

Aug 4, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio - This week's special election was one of the toughest in years for Ohio school districts.

The Ohio School Boards Association says voters approved just six of the 23 school tax requests on the ballot around the state on Tuesday. That works out to a passage rate of 26 percent, the lowest in an August election since the 14 percent approved in 2007.

Association Director of Legislative Services Damon Asbury tells The Columbus Dispatch school districts are in a "hard spot" trying to hold on to programs and services while contending with state budget cuts and voters' concerns about the economy.

Some districts with losing levies on Tuesday are already gearing up to try again on Election Day in November.