CHARDON -- Chardon Schools 5.95-mill operating levy has, by the unofficial count, gone down to defeat by a 60 percent to 40 percent margin.
According to the unofficial results from the Geauga County Board of Election, the Chardon operating levy was rejected by voters.
The unofficial count was 1,889 votes FOR the levy and 2,845 votes AGAINST the levy, according to the board of elections.
District officials said in April that, following the events of February 27, the district has been concentrating heavily on the needs of those affected by this tragedy.
However, they said they cannot lose sight of issues that existed prior to that date.
One of the items that had been discussed several times, both by the new and previous board, is the need for additional revenue to balance the budget and restore some of the educational opportunities that were cut in 2011.
Had the levy been approved, it was to generate an estimated $1.87 million in the 2013 fiscal year and about $3.74 million each year thereafter.