Tallmadge school district voters have rejected Issue 4, the 5-year, 7.4-mill levy for the Tallmadge City Schools.
According to final but unofficial results from the Summit County Board of Elections, 54.96 percent, or 4,539 votes, were cast against the levy, and 45.04 percent, or 3,720 votes, were cast for.
There was one precinct in Portage County in the Tallmadge City School district. According to the final, unofficial results posted by the Portage County Board of Elections, 54.23 percent, or 77 votes, were cast against the levy, and 45.77 percent, or 65 votes, were cast for.
The proposed levy would have generated a little more than $3.1 million a year and cost the owner of a $100,000 home an extra $259 per year.
School officials could not be reached for comment by press time.
If new money is not generated for the Tallmadge schools, the district would find itself $936,378 in the red by fiscal year 2020, according to information provided Treasurer Jeff Hostetler.
The fall five-year forecast, posted on the Ohio Department of Education’s website, shows the district will have a negative ending cash balance at a little more than $1.5 million in 2021.
"I’m sorry to hear that it failed," Tallmadge Mayor David G. Kline stated. "I know people are strapped financially and are voting from their wallets and I totally understand that. Unfortunately, I’m sure the school will come back (to the voters). I think they (the school officials) were honest with us and they need the money and I will continue to support the schools the next time they’re on the ballot."
Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @AprilKHelms_RPC