Finance reports show four organizations spent a combined $94,000 campaigning for or against Issue 2, a South-Western City Schools levy that failed Aug. 4.

Finance reports show four organizations spent a combined $94,000 campaigning for or against Issue 2, a South-Western City Schools levy that failed Aug. 4.

According to pre- and post-election election campaign finance reports received by the Franklin County Board of Elections, the pro-levy committee Citizens for South-Western City Schools spent $73,976 from June to mid-August.

The city of Grove City spent $18,512 in July and August.

The anti-levy committee SouthWest Against Taxes, also called South-Western Alternatives to Taxes, spent $1,316.

Another group, Citizens Against Property Taxes, spent $386.

Post-election finance reports were due at the board of elections by Sept. 11.

According to its post-election report, Citizens for South-Western City Schools spent $41,740, mostly on postage and consultations with Burges and Burges Strategists Inc.

Citizens for SWCS incurred those expenses between July 24 and Aug. 18.

The pro-levy committee's pre-election report showed members spent $32,236 from June 10 to July 21.

Community members and businesses donated a total of $89,766 to Citizens for SWCS during the Aug. 4 election season. Most of the donations were received from individuals in the community in the form of $50, $100 or $250 checks.

The Grove City Area Community Improvement Corp. donated the highest amount, $25,000, to the pro-levy committee.

In its post-election report, the highest expenses incurred by Citizens for SWCS were consulting services with Burges and Burges for a total of $20,000. The group also spent $18,117 on mailers developed by Cromwell & Co.

The city of Grove City spent $14,819 in its post-election report. The city incurred all expenses in that report from July 17 to Aug. 10, mostly in newspaper advertisements and postage.

The city spent $4,951 on newspaper advertisements. It gave Cromwell & Co. $6,890 for printing of direct mail.

Also, the city spent $2,775 on postage and $200 for photography by Coulter Photographic.

The $1,316 spent by SouthWest Against Taxes was incurred for T-shirts, a newspaper advertisement and printing flyers.

The report filed by Citizens Against Property Taxes included no list of expenses.

ebrooks@thisweeknews.com