The school district's permanent improvement funding levy has been approved by voters.

According to final but unofficial results from the Summit County Board of Elections, Issue 42 has received 11,616 (56.24 percent) votes in favor of its passage to 9,039 (43.76 percent) votes against.

Issue 42 is a 1.99-mill continuing tax levy for permanent improvement funding that would raise $1.8 million annually.

Under state law, the money could only be used for property, assets or improvements with an estimated life or usefulness of five years or more and not for operating expenses, such as salaries and benefits.

District officials have said the money is needed to take the burden of such costs off the general fund, which would otherwise need to be supplemented with an operating levy eventually. Immediate maintenance needs districtwide have been estimated at about $6.5 million.

"We are so grateful to our community for voting to pass this levy," said Superintendent Tom Bratten. "It will allow our district to continue improving our buildings, classrooms and use of technology, which will in turn allow our teachers to better educate our students for their lives and careers in the 21st century."

For more on the story, see the Nov. 13 issue of the Stow Sentry.