Levy Passes

Madison levy wins, but 12-vote margin means another tally

The original three-vote defeat of a school levy in Butler County has become a 12-vote win after 22 provisional ballots were counted. The win could spare the 16-hundred-student Madison School District in Middletown of budget cuts for the next school year that include teacher layoffs, larger classes and no extracurricular activities. But the 12-vote margin falls within the state election law requiring an automatic recount if the difference is less than one-half of one percent. A recount is tentatively scheduled for Friday, but school officials say they're confident it won't change the outcome. The levy would generate about one-point-one  million dollars annually for the district, which has an operating budget of ten  million dollars.