School levies fail across the Tri-State

MORROW, OH (FOX19) - Many Tri-State schools that had levy issues on the ballot during the special election held May 3 did not see their levies pass. Seven districts had levies on the ballot, and five of them failed.

Little Miami, Lebanon, West Clermont, Deer Park and Batavia schools all had levies that failed.

In Little Miami, residents voted "NO" to the $13.95 million, five year operating levy that would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $427 a year.

"It's a sad day for the Little Miami School District," said Bobbie Grice, District Board member.

Over the past several years, the Little Miami School District has been operating at state minimums because a majority of voters have been unsupportive of a levy.

"I don't know if I can afford another bill," said Halle Johnson, parent.

The failed levies have translated to 120 district employees losing their jobs within the last three years.

"For me, I am worried, obviously my kids have a college future that I want them to get," said Patty Wehrung, parent.

Wehrung is a mom and an athletic coach at Little Miami High School. She says right now, with no levy, each athlete must pay $650 per sport.

Levy supporters are hopeful one day the levy will pass.

"It's the only way we are going to get real-estate prices where they need to be and get the kids the education the deserve," said Wehrung.

This was the closest margin of defeat for Little Miami. Right now, its unclear when they will go back to the voters.

West Clermont will place another measure on the ballot in August.

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