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School levy issues on Nov. 5 ballot throughout Ohio

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E. Guernsey, Switzerland of Ohio Schools trying to pass crucial levies

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- There have been plenty of changes for Ohio schools this year, but one thing remains the same: on Tuesday, many of them are going to the voters for help.
Continuing a trend of recent years, nearly a third of Ohio’s 600-plus public school districts have levies, bonds or income-tax hikes on Tuesday’s ballots, even though school funding has been overhauled amid other education changes.
The state budget, approved during the summer, increases overall school funding during the next two years, and a part of Gov. John Kasich’s schools plan is a $250 million Straight A Fund to reward education innovation with grants. Meanwhile, schools are also receiving portions of the tens of millions in taxes from Ohio’s four new casinos.
But many school officials say the state funding changes are inconsistent and insufficient. Many districts are still trying to recover from earlier state funding cuts, reduced property-tax revenue, and the loss of federal stimulus funds.
With continued voter reluctance after the recession to approve levies, the majority of new school issues get rejected, and districts are often required to make multiple trips to the ballot.

School levy issues on the ballot locally:

Guernsey County:
East Guernsey Local School District a 9.9 mill additional levy
Buckeye Local Joint Vocational School District 1 mill Renewal levy
Coshocton Co. Joint Vocational School District 1 mill Additional levy

Noble County:
Switzerland of Ohio Local School District 7.72 mill Additional levy

Belmont County:
Shadyside School District 4.61 mill Renewal levy
Bellaire Local School District 5.9 mill Additional levy
Switzerland of Ohio Local School District 7.72 mill Additional levy
Jefferson Co Joint Vocational School District 1 mill Additional levy

Monroe County:
Switzerland of Ohio Local School District 7.72 mill Additional levy

Muskingum County:
Franklin Local School District 2.5 mill Additional levy

Mike McKay

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