Delaware voters barely approved an income tax hike, and a school levy in Newark was soundly defeated, among the results of special elections held throughout central Ohio on Tuesday.
The income tax issue in Delaware passed by only 100 votes -- roughly 2 percent of the ballots cast -- according to unofficial results, 10TV News reported. The city income tax will climb from 1.4 percent to 1.55 percent to raise $25 million to pay for a new recreation center.
The tax increase will cost the average family $77 a year.
Far less controversial in Delaware County was a replacement levy for services for senior citizens. The levy, which contained an increase of 0.9 mill, passed by a 3-1 margin.
In Licking County, a 9.5-mill levy for Newark City Schools failed by a nearly 2-1 margin. Critics complained about the levy appearing on a special election ballot when voter turnout is low. Newark schools cut more than $5 million from the budget after two previous levy attempts were rejected by voters during the past two years.
School district officials in Newark said they may come back to voters soon with yet another ballot issue to avoid a fiscal emergency that could lead to state intervention.
Voters in the Highland Local School District in Morrow County passed a bond issue with 54 percent approval.
A one-percent income tax levy for the Galion City Schools in Crawford County went down to defeat. Nearly two-thirds of voters rejected the income tax.
Voters in Fayette County approved a 1.8 mill bond issue. It will pay the local share of school construction under the state of Ohio Classroom Facilities Assistance Program.
The Northeastern Local School District levy in Clark County did not pass. Only about a third of voters were in favor of the additional 1-mill levy.
In Richland County, voters turned down a 2-mill tax levy for Monroe Township. Only 17 percent of voters were in favor of it.
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