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Voters face Monroe school levy at the polls

MONROE, OH (FOX19) -

Monroe City Schools are only the 2nd district in Southwest Ohio to be in 'fiscal emergency'.

The state recently took control of the district, now the district must pass a $7.05 million levy to get out of fiscal emergency.

"Voting yes on this doesn't mean you agree with everything that has occurred here, but it certainly allows the district to get the necessary funding that it is going to take to pay the state back the money we are borrowing from them," said Brett Guido, School Board President.

Currently the district is facing a $2.2 million operating deficit and a bond retirement of $3.1 million.

The proposed five-year tax levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $215 per year, which would raise $2.5 million a year for the district.

However, there are many community members who believe the district has done a poor job controlling its spending.

"I just don't want the extra taxes, honestly," said Bob Schwarber who voted no on Tuesday. "I don't think it is necessary and their spending hasn't been what it should be so there is no sense in giving them more than we already are."

Voters voted against the levy on Tuesday. School officials will try again in November, putting the same levy on the ballot.

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