The Hilliard City Schools 5.9-mill operating levy passed, according to final election results certified by the Franklin County Board of Elections on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

The Hilliard City Schools 5.9-mill operating levy passed, according to final election results certified by the Franklin County Board of Elections on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

The final vote was 15,214 to 15,004, or 50.35 percent to 49.65 percent. That margin was greater than the half-percentage point necessary to trigger a recount, board of elections spokesman Ben Piscitelli said.

The levy was failing on election night Nov. 8 by eight votes, 14,613-14,605, with all 89 precincts reporting and absentee votes counted. However, when the board of elections counted late-arriving absentee ballots and provisional ballots, Issue 17 gained 218 votes for the 210-vote victory.

"This is a significant win for this community," Superintendent Dale A. McVey said in a press conference at the district's administration building less than an hour after the results were known. "We're incredibly happy and very appreciative."

Voters turned down a 6.9-mill levy in May, and if this levy had also failed, the district would have made more than $10.2 million in reductions, including eliminating 93 positions and high school busing.

The levy will cost property owners about $181 in additional property taxes per each $100,000 of home value. The district has said that if the levy passed, it would not have to go before voters again for another three years.