GUERNSEY COUNTY, Ohio – Voters of the East Guernsey Local School District voted down an emergency operating levy in Tuesday’s special election.
According to un-official figures released by the Guernsey County Board of Elections on Tuesday night, 835 (56.6 percent) voted against the levy, while 639 (43.4 percent) voted for it. The 9.89 mill, five-year operating levy would have raised an additional $1.25 million for the District each year.
The levy’s passage would have allowed for the return of a number of programs within the district, such as Vo-Ag, Industrial Arts, and Band & Choir. In addition, the District would have eliminated pay-to-participate and classroom consumable fees, items impacted by budget reduction measures enacted over 18 months ago.
District officials met with County Auditor Tony Brown in special session on Tuesday night, and the Board of Education voted to place an identical levy issue before voters in the fall. The deadline to place an issue on November's ballot is Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.
Final election results will be certified by the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office on August 20.