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Voters support school levy renewals, mixed bag for increases
A majority of school funding issues passed in Tuesday's election, but most of those were renewals. Tax increases did not fare so well.
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Tuesday's voter turnout was described as light but steady. One reason voters could have been pushed to the polls was the number of school related tax issues on the ballots. StateImpact Ohio's Amy Hansen has more.
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Nearly 200 school tax issues were on ballots across the state.

According to unofficial results early Tuesday evening, most of them passed.

The majority of voters seemed to side with tax renewals, but voted against levies that asked for tax increases.

Damon Asbury is a lobbyist for the Ohio School Board Association. He says that’s typically been the case in recent years.

“New money issues are having difficulty passing," Asbury said. "Renewals and replacements are passing relatively, well not easily, but they’re passing at a higher rate. And that’s the usual trend we’ve seen over the past several years. Requesting additional, new dollars is a very tough issue for voters to approve.”

One possible reason for that lower passing rate could be the rollback of a 12.5 percent state property tax subsidy that took effect this election.

Homeowners will now have to foot 100 percent of the bill on these new taxes.

“Our speculation has been that it will make it more difficult to pass levies because the voters, the local homeowners, property owners, will be paying the full tax rate as opposed to the state picking up a share of it,” Asbury said.

But, Asbury says, it’s still too soon to tell if this was a deal breaker.

All of Tueday's school issues results at StateImpact Ohio found here 

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