Four out of five Mahoning school levies approved
By Jordyn Grzelewski
Mahoning County voters approved school levies in four communities, while rejecting one in another.
Voters in the South Range School District rejected the 3.9-mill, 10-year levy on the ballot, by a margin 61 percent against the levy and 39 percent in favor of it, according to unofficial vote totals from the Mahoning County Board of Elections.
School levies for Boardman, Campbell, Jackson-Milton and Springfield schools all passed.
Last year, voters rejected a 4.8-mill, 10-year operating levy for South Range schools.
“The failure of the levy presents many challenges to our district in terms of programming and student services,” Superintendent Dennis Dunham said in a statement.
“We are grateful to the community for their past support and will continue to work diligently with the available resources.
“The district will be in the process of determining the best course of action based on the recent levy failure. Programming and personnel discussions will take place over the next several months to determine how to proceed with the projected operating deficit,” he said.
Without the additional funds, the district will have a $700,000 deficit by fiscal year 2017.
Boardman voters approved, with 61 percent in favor and 39 percent against, a 3.9-mill, three-year renewal that will raise $3.1 million annually.
The original levy passed in 2012 and costs the owner of a $100,000 home about $120 per year.
Campbell voters OK’d a renewal of the district’s 14.4-mill, five-year levy that will raise $987,711 annually, with 66 percent of voters in favor of it and 34 percent against, according to unofficial election board tallies.
The levy costs the owner of a $100,000 home about $444 per year, and originally passed in 2000.
About 52 percent of North Jackson voters were in favor of the 1.8-mill, five-year renewal levy for Jackson-Milton Schools that will raise $383,088 annually. The levy costs the owner of a $100,000 home $55 per year and first was approved in 1990.
Voters passed a renewal of the 1 percent income tax that supports Springfield schools, with about 52 percent of voters in favor of the renewal and 48 percent against it, according to unofficial vote totals.
The original tax passed in 1992. It raises about $2 million annually for the school district.