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School renewal levies largely pass, additional requests fail
Renewal levies fared well in Tuesday's election.
Story by BRIAN BULL


 
Existing school levies drew voter support in Tuesday's election.
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Last night’s primary saw strong voter approval for school levies across Ohio, especially for renewals. There were more than 140 levies altogether. For StateImpact Ohio, Brian Bull reports.

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High approval of renewals
There were 78 renewals of existing levies, and that bunch enjoyed a 91 percent approval rate. 

One of the highest renewed levies was for the Woodridge Local School District. Sixty percent of voters approved the Summit County district’s 10.87 mill renewal levy.

New money requests see less support
New money requests from districts didn’t fare quite as well. There were 57 statewide, and roughly 40 percent passed…a rate comparable to 2009 levels.

The Tuscarawas Valley Local School District beat the odds, convincing voters to approve a new, 8.9 mill levy, with proponents saying steady losses of state revenue were affecting services for students. 

With the levy approved, they estimate it’ll generate nearly $2 million a year for operating expenses.

More information on school tax issues
This is based on available, unofficial returns from last night. More information on how the school tax issues fared during this primary election can be found at  StateImpact Ohio.

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