The Swanton Local Schools substitute levy was within 2 votes following certification by the Fulton and Lucas County Boards of Elections last week. The five-year, 3.4-mill levy was trailing by three votes on election night and is now trailing by two, 830-828.
The count of extra absentee and provisional ballots added five positive votes and two against in Fulton County. That brought the levy to a tie Nov. 16. The county had 654 votes for the levy and 516 against.
But, following the Lucas County Board of Elections count on Friday, the margin is two votes. In Lucas County, there were 174 votes for the levy and 314 against.
Now that 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, according to Swanton Schools Superintendent Chris Lake.
“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 you’re 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.