Dublin City School District officials called it a victory at 9:50 p.m. Election Night.
The district celebrated the passage of the 6.94-mill Issue 48 Nov. 6 as poll runners returned with figures indicating a 54 percent to 46 percent victory Tuesday, Nov. 6.
According to numbers returned by poll runners, the combined $15.87-million bond issue and 6.4-mill levy issue was approved with 18,773 votes to 16,232.
In Franklin County unofficial results show the levy won with 17,010 votes (55.5 percent), to 13,638 votes (44.5) with all precincts reporting at 11 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Union County voters approved Issue 48 with 54 percent, 1,154 votes, to 46 percent, 967 votes, according to unofficial results with all precincts reporting at 11 p.m.
According to unofficial results from Delaware County at 11 p.m. with 93 of 143 precincts reporting, 43 percent, 914 votes, were cast in favor of the levy and 57 percent, 1,219, of votes were cast against it.“This is what you all have been waiting for,” Lynn May, a Dublin school board member told the cheering crowd gathered at the central office.
Thanks to the work of 1,000 volunteers and strong leaders, Issue 48 won, May said.
“It was just phenomenal,” she said of the volunteer effort. “I just can’t say enough.”
Superintendent David Axner, who will leave the district to accept an associate executive director position with the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators in fall 2013, said the passage of Issue 48 will make it easier for the district to find a high-quality replacement.
“It feels wonderful,” Axner said. “I didn’t want to leave on a sour note.”
The win comes after voters rejected a combined $25-million bond issue and 7.2-mill levy last fall. The district worked to cut $7.2-million from its budget over the next two years to return to voters with a smaller combined levy of $15.87-million for the bond issue and 6.4-mills for the operating levy.
“Last year was a wakeup call,” Axner said.
The bond and levy issue, which will begin collection in January, will cost residents an additional $213 per $100,000 assessed home value annually.
With the 6.94 mills approved by voters this week, the district will be able to maintain current operations through the 2016 fiscal year.
“I want to give the community a huge ‘thank you,’ ” Axner said. “We saw an overwhelming turn around in some (voting) districts.”
“It was loud and clear this time last year that the community wanted us to continue to make cuts,” Board Member Chris Valentine said.
“We did that and continue to do that, but we’re thankful for the overwhelming supporting from the community... .”
The bond portion of the issue will fund maintenance, technology and equipment around the district, in addition to improvements to the Riverside Elementary School traffic flow, expansion of the
Davis Middle School commons area and upgrades to fire alarm and HVAC systems at Deer Run Elementary.
The passage of Issue 48 also means the district won’t have to institute a contingency plan with $10 million in cuts that included 38 classified staffing positions, 79.5 certified positions and $2.5 million in service reductions such as high school busing.