Swanton school levy now tied; waiting on final Lucas Co. numbers

By Drew Stambaugh - dstambaugh@aimmedimidwest.com

The Swanton Local School substitute levy is now deadlocked following certification by the Fulton County Board of Elections. The five-year, 3.4-mill levy was trailing by three votes on election night and is now tied 825-825.

The count of extra absentee and provisional ballots added five positive votes and two against in Fulton County. If a levy finishes with a tie vote, it does not pass. A majority vote is required.

The Lucas County Board of Elections is scheduled to do their count on Friday.

“I have no idea what’s going to happen on Friday,” said Lake. “We could be tied at the end, we could ahead at the end, or we could lose at the end.”

Once Lucas County votes are in it comes back to Fulton County for a final certification between the two counties. That should happen around Nov. 23.

“Really no matter the outcome, unless there’s just a massive amount of votes for some reason floating around in Lucas County, it is probably going to come down to a state mandated recount,” Lake said.

He added that the district is in limbo until the final vote count is certified.

“When your tied, it’s a razor thin margin like this, (Treasurer) Joyce (Kinsman) and I are essentially preparing for another potential go at the levy,” Lake said. In order to meet deadlines, the Board would have to decide to put the levy on the May ballot in December.

“If we take out $825,000 a year it’s going to have a very significant impact on what we can offer our students and community.”


By Drew Stambaugh