Voters in the Swanton Local School District approved a renewal levy, while, Evergreen voters turned down their renewal.
The vote on the renewal of a 0.25% income tax in the Evergreen Local School District trails by a margin of 802-714, according to unofficial results. Fulton County voters voted in favor, 578-482, but Lucas County voters went against the levy by a margin of 320-136.
Both the Richfield Township and Sylvania Township precincts went against the income tax renewal with the Sylvania Township result more striking. Voters there, went against the renewal by a margin of 98-14.
“There are many great things happening within Evergreen Local Schools. We provide our students with an excellent education, which is why we are disappointed this renewal levy did not pass,” said Evergreen Superintendent Eric Smola. “In order to sustain our level of educational programming, student activities, and quality teachers and staff, we need the community’s ongoing support. We will be back on the ballot in November 2022.”
In the Swanton area, voters approved the school district’s 5-year, 3.2-mill renewal levy 1,056-755.
Just like with Evergreen, voters in Fulton County said “yes” while Lucas County went against the levy. However, the margin in Fulton County was large enough to overcome the Lucas County “no” votes.
Fulton County voters approved the Swanton levy by a margin of 903-500. Lucas County voters cast 255 votes against the levy and 153 for it.
Wauseon Exempted Village Schools has avoided painful cuts after voters approved a new 1.75% income tax levy on Tuesday. The tax was approved by a vote of 1,859-1,294 or 59%-41%.
It was a complete turnaround from the November request for a 2% income tax. That was voted down by a margin of 1,245-883 or 59%-41%.
The Board of Education had already voted to eliminate all extracurricular activities, including sports, and drop busing to the state minimum if the levy had failed. The district had also announced that positions to be eliminated if the levy was not approved would have included a teacher each in grades 1-5, a seventh grade math teacher, middle school health/art teacher, high school English teacher, primary school intervention specialist, maintenance assistant, Leggett Reads coordinator, WES Reading coordinator, primary school librarian and bus drivers.
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