Licking County News

Licking Heights’ bond request rejected

According to unofficial results from the Franklin and Licking county boards of elections, Licking Heights' 2.86-mill bond request was rejected 2,053 votes to 1,249 votes, with all but two Licking County precincts reporting in the Aug. 5 special election.

About 75 percent of Licking County voters did not support the levy. The tally was 1,580 votes to 528 votes, with 10 of 12 precincts reporting.

However, Licking Heights voters in the Franklin County portion of the school district supported the levy 721 to 473, with all 10 precincts reporting.

Licking Heights officials have said the 2.86-mill bond was intended to provide a local match to state funding from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.

The bond issue would have raised $26,575,000, with the expectation that the state would have provided another $21 million to $30 million, district officials have said.

The bond would have cost district homeowners about $99 per year per $100,000 of assessed property value.

For more on this story, read the Aug. 10 edition of ThisWeek Licking County News.