In Today’s special election, voters in 23 Ohio counties will decide 28 issues, 19 of which are school issues. Here are some of the issues on Miami Valley ballots.
On the ballot in Montgomery County are a German Twp. Parks and Recreation levy, a Huber Heights school levy, and two ballot issues asking voters to move forward with a joint economic development zone, and hotel district between Butler Township and the City of Vandalia.
Two Clark County school districts had levies defeated by narrow margins on election day. The Clark-Shawnee and the Tecumseh Local school districts are hoping to see vote totals change by the end of the month when all provisional and absentee ballots are counted.
Voters in the Clark-Shawnee School District rejected a proposed 10-year, 7.59-mill levy that would have raised $2.5 million per year. The levy was defeated by only eight votes.
A handful of school levies make up the ballot in Clark County for Tuesday's May 7 election. One school district is already planning to ask voters to approve a levy in the fall if the district is not successful Tuesday.
Springfield City Schools has a 2.2-mill bond issue on the ballot. If passed it will allow the district to make security and safety improvements without raising tax bills. An old bond issue expires at the end of this year that would cost the homeowner of a $100,000 home approximately $67 a year.
There were nearly 200 school levies on the ballot Tuesday in Ohio. WYSO's Wayne Baker reports that several districts around the Miami Valley were seeking levy support from voter's to replace state aid ad revenue lost through tax changes.
In Montgomery County, Centerville, Miamisburg, Huber Height and Vandalia-Butler all had levy requests rejected by voters. Jefferson Township and West Carrolton were also unsuccessful.
School levies have been notoriously tough to pass in the last several years as voters struggled with an economy that has been slow to recover. Typically, schools that ask for a renewal of an existing levy get it, while schools that want extra money are turned down. This election mostly followed the rule, though many districts were banking on the larger voter turnout of a presidential election.