Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Outlook bleak for money for schools, except Lebanon

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer contributor

Voters appeared reluctant to open their pocketbooks for school money issues in Southwest Ohio on Tuesday.

Early election results showed bond issues failing in the Middletown and Talawanda districts in Butler County, along with an emergency operating levy for Williamsburg Schools in Clermont County.

Only a permanent improvement levy in Lebanon Schools (Warren County) was winning voter approval.

Middletown voters on Tuesday were rejecting Ohio's largest bond issue, which would pay for construction of six new elementary buildings in the Middletown Schools.

Early returns indicated voters were soundly defeating the $75.8 million Middletown issue, with 62 percent against the bond issue. The issue would fund the elementary school phase of a master plan approved earlier this week.

A permanent improvement levy in Lebanon Schools was winning voter approval, with 63 percent voting in favor. A $9.2 million bond issue in Talawanda Schools to build a new elementary school was going down to defeat, with 63 percent voting against the bond issue. Two similar bond issues have been rejected in the last 12 months.

In Williamsburg Schools, voters were rejecting an emergency levy, 60 percent to 40 percent, that would bring $846,581 to the schools in each of the next five years.


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