Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 1:19 AM
Ohio voters approved most school district requests to renew existing tax levies in Tuesday's special election.
But the majority of requests to impose new taxes appeared headed for failure, according to the unofficial election results available Tuesday evening.
Those results are similar to the pattern in past elections.
There were nearly 140 school tax questions on the ballot Tuesday.
Many of the failed levies have been turned down by voters before. And schools are likely to return to voters again and again until they get a levy passed.
But that can be a tough sell, particularly in rural areas, as we reported recently.
In rural Washington County, Warren Local Superintendent Tom Gibbs has tried and failed to get voters to pass six levies in the last four years. He says:
“I’m not necessarily saying that people don’t support the schools...It’s that they’re finding it more and more difficult to say that they can support the school through paying higher property tax.”
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Source: Ohio School Boards Association, County Boards of Election, Toledo Blade, Athens Messenger | Download Data