Published March 4, 2008
YOUNGSTOWN — The third time wasn’t the charm for the Youngstown City School District.
The third attempt to get voters to approve a new 9.5-mill, five-year emergency tax levy failed Tuesday, but it won’t be the last try.
“We’ll be back in the fall,” said Shelley Murray, school board president.
Murray pointed out that the state fiscal oversight commission, controlling district finances since the state placed Youngstown in fiscal emergency in November 2006, has said repeatedly that the district needs more revenue and cannot cut its way back to solvency.
The district ran a $15 million budget deficit last year.
Murray said she left the school board offices Tuesday night thinking the levy had passed, only to hear a short time later that it was defeated by a margin of about 800 votes.
“We closed the gap some more,” she said, noting the levy failed last November by about 1,800 votes.