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Ohio election day is tomorrow, though there aren't many clues
Less than a third of Ohio's counties have any issues on the ballot, and districts asking for voter help are often desperate

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Tomorrow is election day in Ohio though very few people in very few school districts and municipalities need to know about it. WKSU's M.L. Schultze has more on what's anticipated to be a very low-turnout election.

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The first Tuesday after the first Monday of every February and August, Ohio holds special elections. No candidates; just issues.

This election features 28 issues in 23 counties. And as is usually the case, those issues are dominated by schools. School levy consultant Jerry Rampelt says those making a run in August are often districts like Cloverleaf Local in Medina County, which have run out of options.

“The difficult thing is that in August, the passage rate is extremely low. And so it’s more difficult to pass a levy in August than it is in November. That is an indication of how desperate some of these districts are; they’ve made significant cuts and they’re trying to pass some millage to keep essential programs in place.”

Cloverleaf is in fiscal emergency, and is asking voters to approve  an 8.3-mill additional levy and to renew a 6.3 mill levy. Together, they’re worth about $6.5 million dollars to a district that has cut back on kindergarten, busing and building use.

But as with many districts on this ballot, Cloverleaf is making plans in case the levies fail. The filing deadline for the November election is Wednesday, so many boards of education have voted to go to the voters then.

Here's the link to the Ohio Secretary of State's elections page:

County Taxing District Type Reason Type (2) Mills % Amount Years Begins
Carroll Brown Local Schools Combo Bldg & Improve Add. 0.5   17.15 million Cont./ 36 2013
Clark Clark-Shawnee Local Schools Levy Operating Deficit Add. 7.59     10 2013
Clark Tecumseh Local Schools Levy Emergency Add. 12.37   $3.5 million 5 2013
Clark Northeastern Local Schools Income Current Exp Add.   1.0%   Cont. Jan. 14
Crawford Galion City Schools Levy Current Exp & Improv Add. 9.4     5 2013
Cuyahoga Brooklyn City Schools Levy Operating Deficit Renew 7.8   $2.25 million 5 2013
Darke Greenville City Schools Combo Bldg & Improve Add. 0.5   $45 million 23; 37 2013
Erie Perkins Local Schools Levy Emergency Add. 6.73   $2.88 million 10 2013
Fulton Swanton Local Schools Combo Bldg & Improve Add. 0.5   $131.5 million Cont.; 35 2013
Guernsey East Guernsey Local Schools Levy Emergency Add. 9.89   $1.25 million 5 2013
Hamilton Arlington Heights Levy Current Exp Add. 8     5 2013
Hamilton Cleves Levy Current Exp Add. 3.9     5 2013
Hamilton Norwood Levy General Health Fund Add. 1     5 2013
Logan West Liberty-Salem Local Schools Combo Current Exp & Improv Add.   0.25% $7.55 million 23; 27 Jan. 14
Medina Cloverleaf Local Schools Levy Emergency Renew 6.3   $2.81 million 10 2013
Medina Cloverleaf Local Schools Levy Emergency Add. 8.3   $3.72 million 10 2013
Medina Litchfield Levy Fire & EMS  Add. 3.2     5 2013
Montgomery German Levy Parks & Rec Add. 0.5     5 2013
Montgomery Huber Heights City Schools Levy Current Oper Exp Add. 5.95     Cont. 2013
Montgomery Butler Misc Jt. Econ Dev Zone            
Montgomery Butler Misc Hotel Jt. Econ Dev            
Portage Field Local Schools Levy Cur Exp & Perm Impr Add. 5.5     3 2013
Shelby Sidney City Schools Income Current Exp Add.   1.0%   5 Jan. 14
Summit Norton Misc Charter Amend            
Warren Deerfield Levy Police & EMS Replace 4     Cont. 2013
Warren Franklin City Schools Levy Current Exp Add. 7.92     Cont. 2013
Warren Lebanon Local Schools Levy Perm Improv Renew 2     5 2013
Wayne Orrville City Schools Levy Operating Deficit Renew 7.55   $1.62 million 10 2013
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