All three new school funding issues were defeated in Clark County, according to unofficial results from Tuesday's election. Northeastern had asked voters for a new income tax, and Clark-Shawnee sought a 7.59-mill additional levy to avoid a deficit.
Tecumseh Local Schools also failed to get its 5-year, 12.37-mill levy passed, with unofficial results showing that 54 percent of the voters rejected the measure. The district could face an operating deficit of over $7 million by 2017.
As in past years, new or additional taxes and levies for Miami Valley school districts proved more difficult to pass than renewals. Almost all renewals passed, with the exception of Jefferson Township, which defeated a renewal levy for the schools' operating expenses.
Montgomery County's other levies were a mixed bag with many tight margins for additional levies. Centerville, Kettering, Oakwood and Vandalia-Butler all passed additional levies, while Brookville and Huber Heights both defeated levies; in Huber Heights the margin was particularly wide.
Miami Valley voters will decide on a slew of tax levies for schools Tuesday. Across the Miami Valley, opponents of levies, especially new or additional ones, are saying they can’t take on extra property taxes. On the flip side, many school districts say they’ll have to cut programs, limit busing, or lay off staff to make slimmed-down budgets work. Read about some of the issues here.
On November 5th, voters in Springboro will elect three new school board members and perhaps chart a new course for the school district.
Over the past two years, the Springboro schools has been plagued by controversies, including discussions of creationism in the curriculum, experimenting with classes on the constitution, and building a charter school in the district. Now, a group of three candidates are trying to unseat the more conservative majority on the board.