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Voters approve seven in ten school levies

Voters approve seven in ten school levies
Posted Wednesday, May 7th 2014 @ 2pm  by WTVN Newsroom

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Voters across Ohio approved 102 of 148 school tax issues during the May 6 primary election. 

“It is still an uphill battle to secure voter approval for new or additional money requests,” said Ohio School Boards Association Director of Legislative Services Damon Asbury. “But districts are most likely to be supported when asking for existing levies to be renewed or replaced.” 

69 percent of school tax issues were approved by voters on Tuesday, a rate fairly consistent with previous years. Ohio voters approved 82 of 137 school tax issues in May 2013, a passage rate of 60 percent.  

27 of 65 new school tax issues were approved on Tuesday, a passage rate of a little over 40 percent. Voters approved 75 of 83 renewal school tax issues on the ballot, a 90 percent passage rate.  

Faced with funding challenges, declining revenues and a difficult economy, Asbury says many school districts are being forced to turn more and more to their local communities for support. He says the more than 30% of Ohio schools that were unsuccessful on the ballot Tuesday will likely be forced to make difficult budget decisions, including new rounds of cuts.

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