Madison Local Schools levy passes

The breakdown of county voting was 643 yes and 1,009 in Athens and Vinton counties (it's not clear why those are grouped) and 95 yes and 150 no in Meigs County.

Losing by 316 votes, the final count was 995 "for" the issues, 1,311 "against".

"On behalf of the board of education, the faculty and students in the district, I want to thank voters", said superintendent Lee Kaple.

But, the school district may have to work on communicating better with voters, Thane said.

Rowlands said he is grateful for the support from voters.

The levy will generate funds to be used to help restore programs that have been cut due to the fiscal woes of the district, such as elementary music and physical education, art programs and the libraries at all of the schools in the district.

Without the operations funding, there were concerns within the district about being able to fund staff positions, meaning the schools might run into problems with its accreditation.

Every attempt since 1992 in Middlefield to raise new money to fund increases in the district's operating budget has failed, so deep cuts have been barely keeping the district's head above water.

The inflationary increase for 2017-2018 was calculated at 1.37 percent and 2018-2019 at 1 percent.

The Madison Local School District passed a new 4.99 mill continuous levy Tuesday.

"Yea it's disappointing because you're working hard to try to maintain what you have for the students here", he said. But, the needs were significant enough to propose the bond.

Businesses in the Richland 2 school district, along with owners of cars and boats, will pay higher taxes to operate schools during the upcoming year. The owner of a $100,000 home will pay $168 more a year.

The four major school levies in southwest OH all passed easily. A total of 3,191 voters cast their ballots.

The two levies, at 10.4 mills and 10.7 mills, bring in about $8 million per year.

- A technology levy in St. Regis failed.

  • Leroy Wright