All three school levies pass

By Andrea Chaffin

May 6, 2014

Madison County voters approved levies for all three local school districts on the ballot, according to trending of unofficial election results at Press time Tuesday night.

With all four district precincts counted, Jefferson Local School District voters narrowly approved a 1 percent, five-year income tax levy with less than 51 percent of the vote. The unofficial count was 499 votes (50.17 percent) for the levy and 446 votes (49.83 percent) against.

The tax kicks in Jan. 1, 2015.

With all eight precincts reporting, voters in the Madison-Plains district approved the renewal property tax levy with an unofficial count of 57 percent (744 votes) for the levy and 43 percent (551 votes) against.

The 8-mill operating levy is continuous, and is expected to generate $1.5 million annually. Officials said the levy will cover current expenses. An owner of a $100,000 home will pay $46.67 per month.

This levy will begin on Jan. 1, 2015. The current levy will expire on Dec. 31, 2014.

With seven of eight precincts reporting, voters in the Jonathan Alder Local School district approved a half percent, seven-year income tax increase with an unofficial count of 53 percent (604 votes) for the levy and 37 percent (328 votes) against the levy. A .75 percent income tax was already on the books.

The increase takes effect Jan. 1, 2015.

With 26 of 27 precincts counted, county voters also approved State Issue 1 with 62 percent (2,713 votes) in favor of the issue, and 38 percent (1,649 votes) against.

The issue renews a public works bond mechanism that helps Ohio communities build and improve local roads, bridges, sewers, drains and waterworks.

Look in a future issue of The Madison Press for complete coverage of Tuesday’s primary election.