June 26, 2016

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Cloverleaf to take two more shots at money after levy failure

Cloverleaf Schools has filed two issues for the August special election ballot — one is another try at new operating funds and the other is a renewal of an existing levy.

Cloverleaf Treasurer Jim Hudson said the additional levy would generate the same revenue as the levy that failed in Tuesday’s primary, even though the millage amount is slightly higher because of slipping property values.

The 8.3-mill levy would bring in $3.7 million a year for 10 years and would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $248 a year.

Hudson said the renewal levy on the Aug. 7 ballot would bring in $2.8 million a year for 10 years and would not cost residents more money.

Cloverleaf’s 7.9-mill levy on Tuesday’s primary ballot fell short by 58 votes, 2,073 to 2,131.

Black River Schools’ levy passed Tuesday by an even- narrower margin of 52 votes, 1,280 to 1,228, according to unofficial results.

The margins of victory and defeat were not so small — less than a half of 1 percent of the total votes — to trigger a recount, said Carol D. Gurney, deputy director of the Medina County Board of Elections.

Gurney said the number of provisional ballots that remain to be counted appear not enough to change the outcome of either election.

There are 10 provisional ballots for Black River and 38 for Cloverleaf.

Final election results will be certified by the board of elections May 23.

The Ohio School Boards Association found that 36 out of 86 requests for new money were approved Tuesday across the state, a passage rate of 42 percent.

“Ohio public schools continue to work diligently to do more with less,” said Richard Lewis, executive director of the statewide association. “But school districts can only cut so much. At some point, they have to turn to their communities to help maintain the high-quality instruction and services residents have come to expect.”

The Black River board also had planned to put a levy on the August ballot in case Tuesday’s levy failed, but board President Janet Eichel said the board would take the levy off the ballot.

“With this levy that passed, we can hold our own for now,” she said.

The only other issue on the Aug. 7 ballot was filed by Litchfield Township — a 3.2-mill levy for fire and EMS service.

Pam Shaw, Litchfield Township fiscal officer, said the levy will simplify and take the place of three separate existing levies — a levy for fire operations, a levy for fire equipment and a levy for EMS operations.

“We have to say additional because it’s a new levy,” she said. “It’s actually the total brought in by those three levies.”

Wednesday was the deadline to file for the Aug. 7 special election.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.