September 17, 2014

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School levy rejected in North Ridgeville

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A 4.9 mill, $3.5 million emergency school levy has been resoundingly rejected.

The proposed 10-year property tax increase was defeated 2,606 to 1,856, a margin of nearly 17 percentage points, according to unofficial results from the Lorain County Board of Elections.

North Ridgeville Schools Superintendent Larry Brown, who began his job earlier this week, said the levy which failed in May, will be on the ballot again in November. Brown, who thanked levy campaign volunteers for their effort, blamed the defeat on the dismal economy.

Brown said he sympathizes with homeowners — the owner of a $100,000 home would’ve had to pay an additional $150 annually if the levy passed — but said quality schools help attract and retain businesses in the community.

Black River Schools $7.5 million emergency levy was defeated 864 to 432, a margin of nearly 34 percentage points, according to unofficial results from the Ashland, Medina and Lorain boards of elections.

See Wednesday’s Chronicle-Telegram for additional results.