Some key school issues to watch in the November 2013 General Election.
CLEVELAND -- Across the state there were 194 school tax issues on the ballot, and it is always a hard sell to convince residents to raise their own taxes.
In many instances, voters sent levy requests down to defeat.
Here in Northeast Ohio, the largest tax increase in Northeast Ohio was the Ledgemont Schools in Geauga County.
The 12.5 mill levy would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $440 more a year. It appears that was just too much for taxpayers to handle. In unofficial results, the levy failed by a margin of 59% to 41%. There has been talk about a possible merger or consolidation of the district, which has 450 students currently.
The Medina City School district also had a tax increase on the ballot, and it's been 8 years since a levy passed in this community. Despite recent turbulent times in this city, the levy has passed. This community is embroiled in a controversy over Former Superintendent Randy Stepp's bonus and spending. A recently released audit found that Stepp owed the district $4,000 for personal expenses paid for with district money. He had been on administrative leave with pay, but the board recently terminated him.
In Medina County, the Cloverleaf Schools were on the ballot again with an emergency levy. It went down to defeat once again. The state already has financial oversight in this district because it couldn't pay its bills.