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 countedFor 4,902
LIVE ELECTION 2012 RESULTS: (Information is unofficial and supplied by the Summit County Board of Elections.)