School tax in Canfield fails; most levies OK’d

By Denise Dick


While Mahoning County voters approved many issues on Tuesday’s ballot, they rejected Canfield’s school levy.

The 4.9-mill levy failed with about 56 percent of voters casting ballots against it and 44 percent supporting it.

Austintown 0.5-mill senior-services levy passed as did that township’s two renewals, one for roads and one for parks. About 52 percent of voters voted in favor of the senior levy with about 48 percent opposed.

Voters also approved Boardman’s 3-mill renewal, with 61 percent in favor.

Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ renewal passed with about 72 percent of the vote, and Western Reserve schools 3.9-mill renewal passed with about 55 percent.

Adrianne Sturm, a Canfield school board member, said the levy loss means the district will lose 12 more teachers in the spring. There’s no new money coming in 2012, she said.

“It’s so disheartening,” Sturm said. “We were hoping that if it passed, we could bring back some bus stops.”

After voters twice rejected a 6.8-mill operating levy, the district limited busing, implemented a pay-to-participate policy and trimmed staff.

The levy on Tuesday’s budget was a lower 4.9 mills and would have generated $2,751,914 a year.

Austintown Trustee Lisa Oles said voter approval of the senior-services levy means expanded hours for the center on Westchester Drive.

The levy will generate $309,202 each year for five years. Oles said the center board also is looking at transportation services to the center for seniors who don’t drive, and improvements to the kitchen.

Money generated will also be used to pay for utilities in the building.

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