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Woodridge Local Schools Levy Passes

The 6.83-mill, five-year levy will generate $15 million in revenue over the next five years.

Updated Nov. 7, 1:02 a.m.

It appears the fourth time is the charm. 

Issue 71 -- the Woodridge Local Schools levy -- passed by a margin of 963 votes on Tuesday night.

The 6.83-mill levy will generate $15 million over the next five years and cost homeowners $209 per year for every $100,000 in valuation.

Over the last year, the district experienced three consecutive levy faliures. Woodridge hadn't passed a levy since 2004. 

Over that eight-year period, state funding remained stagnant, the district’s student body increased by about 15 percent and expenditures -- such as salaries, school supplies and utility costs -- continued to rise, said Woodridge treasurer Deanna Levenger.

School officials cut 10 percent or $2 million from their $20 million budget over the last two years to remain in the black. If Issue 71 had failed, the Woodridge Board of Education planned to implement another $1.8 million cuts by July 1, 2013. 

Due to the levy passage, those seven-figure cuts will now be averted. 

Woodridge Local Schools, Issue 71:

20 of 20 precincts counted

For 4,902
Against 3,939

LIVE ELECTION 2012 RESULTS: (Information is unofficial and supplied by the Summit County Board of Elections.)

lynne mccormick November 07, 2012 at 03:15 PM
It passed based on renters showing up to vote for Obama. The home owners said no 3 times!
Earl Elevant November 07, 2012 at 04:06 PM
I'm curious to see all the cars flooding the parking lots of schools at 6am and the mass exodus at 6pm as is the myth of teacher dedication...
Kathryn Price November 07, 2012 at 05:53 PM
What do the opposing homeowners think will happen to our property value when our school district doesn't have adequate funding to educate our children? I guarantee we'd be losing more than $500/year. Thank God this passed!
TC November 07, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Why are you ALWAYS hitting the property owners? Why not the State of Ohio? Do you not know of the Ohio Supreme Court ruling on DeRolph v. State of Ohio? Google it. The STATE mandates that your children have access to an education, not the property owners. Oh, and try to sell your house with these high taxes in this market. And what happens to your tax rate if/when the property values appreciate?
Earl Elevant November 08, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Feel free to write as many checks as you want to provide "adequate funding" the next time a levy comes up.

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