SPECIAL ELECTION School district voters approve 6.5-mill additional levy

The winning results will be certified next week.
GIRARD -- Voters finally have a decision.
Uncertified results released Monday from the Aug. 3 special election show the school district's 6.5-mill additional operating levy passed by 17 votes.
The total -- which will be certified by the Trumbull County Board of Elections staff beginning at 9 a.m. next Tuesday -- shows 1,406 votes in favor of the levy and 1,389 against.
Totals from election night showed 1,383 ballots cast in favor of the 6.5-mill additional operating levy with a like number in opposition.
Norma Williams, director of the county elections board, said her staff spent Monday recounting those ballots, as well as counting some additional ballots for the first time.
Provisional ballots
There were 28 provisional ballots cast the day of the election in Girard. Those are people who changed addresses and walked in to cast ballots at their new polling places. There was also one overseas ballot that needed to be counted.
Williams noted that the provisional ballots came only from the city, though the school district overlaps into portions of Liberty and Weathersfield townships.
The board of elections staff worked Monday to determine that those who cast provisional ballots are registered voters, voted in the proper precinct and live in the Girard school district.
Because Monday's margin of victory was more than one-half of one percent, there is no need for an automatic recount of the ballots.
School officials began asking voters for levy approval when it was determined the district could end the 2004-05 school year in the red. Girard schools were expected to end the next school year with a $350,000 deficit, despite several cost-cutting measures taken throughout the previous school year.
A previous request -- for a 7.4-mill continuous operating levy -- was defeated by voters in March by 155 votes.

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