According to final, unofficial results posted by the Union County Board of Elections, voters have rejected the Marysville Exempted Village School District’s five-year, 4-mill operating levy.
The levy would have generated an estimated $2.7 million annually and cost an additional $122 a year per $100,000 of property valuations.
The levy became necessary, according to Superintendent Diane Mankin, after the state of Ohio began to phase out the Tangible Personal Property Tax in 2008. She estimated that the district had lost $1.8 million in state funding in the past two years and that it will lose an additional $450,000 a year until the TPP is eliminated entirely.
The levy was defeated by a 58 percent to 42 percent margin with 7,864 against it and 5,634 supporting it.
Without the levy, school officials warned they would have to cut at least 20 teachers’ positions, increase class sizes and drop several electives including music.
Union County voters also passed a renewal of a five-year, quarter-percent sales tax to be split evenly between senior services and the county engineer's office. On a $100 taxable purchase, the renewal will cost a consumer 25 cents.
In 2008, the quarter-percent sales tax won approval by a mere two votes. This year, it passed with 14,478 votes for it (60 percent) compared to 9,737 against it (40 percent).
The sales tax generates between $1.7 million and $1.9 million per year and constitutes roughly 16 percent of the overall budget for the engineer's office.
In the 86th Ohio House district, Republican Dorothy Pelanda defeated Democrat Cheryl A. Johncox with 16,551 votes (71 percent) to 6,780 votes (29 percent).
Pelanda was appointed to the seat after Republican Dave Burke vacated it to run for the state senate.
Burke defeated Democratic challenger Tanyce J. Addison 17,700 votes (75 percent) to 5,978 votes (25 percent).