The ballots are cast for the August Special election for Madison-Plains Emergency Levy.
The initiative appears to have been voted down at press time with nine out of nine precincts reporting. At the time, it lost by 705 votes against with 431 in favor. Only about 21 percent of registered voters cast their ballots.
The goal for the levy was to stave off a deficit which according to previous forecasts, will be at a negative balance of $1.28 million by 2020.
“Foremost I want to thank our levy committee for doing such a great job during this campaign,” said Superintendent Tim Dettwiller. “We’ll start tomorrow to evaluate what happened and the committee will meet in two weeks to see really reflect on what happened.”
He said the board would likely discuss soon whether or not they would pursue a levy in May or begin cuts in staff or programming. The 2017-2018 school year will begin as planned and if any cuts would occur they would happen 2018-2019, when they anticipate the deficit to begin.
“It’ll be debated and discussed, and the board will decide where to go from there,” he said. “Those will be decided well before any deadline we have to go on the ballot again, which would be in May. I think our deadline for that is in February.”
Todd Fisher, head of the Madison-Plains Campaign Committee, which campaigned for the initiative declined comment.
Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, or on Twitter @msfkwiat.