July 28, 2014

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Midview levy passes; supporters thanked

EATON TWP. — Three months after a decisive Election Day defeat, the Midview school district’s levy was resoundingly approved Tuesday night.

The 3,892-to-2,359 vote was a nearly 63 percent to 37 percent victory, according to unofficial results from the Lorain County Board of Elections.

The result was nearly the opposite of Election Day 2012, when the levy was defeated 6,058 to 3,866, a 61 percent to 39 percent defeat. The 10-year 9.7-mill property tax levy will raise $4.6 million annually and cost the owner of a $100,000 home nearly $300 more per year on their tax bill.

Midview is facing a $2.3 million deficit, and rejection would have meant 53 layoffs and massive program cuts.

In the cafeteria of Midview High School, about 200 parents and children erupted in cheers as results were shown.

“Thank you to this group and the hard workers,” Superintendent John Kuhn said to applause. “You guys really did it.”

See Wednesday’s Chronicle for more details.