July 28, 2014

Medina
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Opposite fates for Cloverleaf, Highland

While Cloverleaf voters rejected a renewal operating levy Tuesday, Highland district voters approved theirs by an overwhelming number.

Unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections show 57 percent of Cloverleaf voters cast ballots against a 6.2-mill, five-year emergency levy, while 66 percent of Highland voters approved a 7.9-mill, 10-year renewal levy. The Cloverleaf levy failed 3,142 votes to 2,371 and the Highland issue passed 3,282 votes to 1,627.

Cloverleaf’s defeat came on the same day two separate written threats were found at Cloverleaf High School, causing the building to be closed today as a safety precaution.

Superintendent Bruce Hulme said the levy may have failed because voters may not have realized it would not start collecting until 2009.

“Maybe they felt they didn’t want to look at it right now,” he said.

The next opportunity the district has to put the levy on the ballot is March.

If passed, the levy would cost homeowners $195.30 per $100,000 of assessed property valuation and collect $2.84 million a year. The emergency levy makes up approximately 11 percent of the district’s budget, Hulme said.

Last November, Cloverleaf voters approved a 0.5 percent income tax and county voters approved a 0.5 percent sales tax increase for permanent improvement projects for all the county’s school districts.

Highland Superintendent Bruce Armstrong said he thought a survey of district residents conducted in August helped the district learn what voters wanted.

“They made it clear they wanted to keep up our current standards of excellence,” he said. “They came through for us by a 2-to-1 margin.”

The levy will cost homeowners $178 per $100,000 of assessed property valuation and collect around $3.5 million a year. The revenue makes up approximately 17 percent of the district’s budget and was originally passed in 1998.