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Large Majority Of Ohio School, Library Levies Approved By Voters

An empty elementary school classroom in Westerville.
Karen Kasler
Ohio Public Radio

There was good news for two-thirds of the state’s public school districts that had tax levies or other money questions on Tuesday’s ballot. But there are some worries among school officials about the future.

School money issues passed 67% of the time, including 84% of renewal school tax issues. The overall passage rate is down from 73% a year ago, which is concerning for schools facing rising pandemic-related costs.

Jeff Chambers with the Ohio School Boards Association says there are some issues that passed within a margin that triggers an automatic recount.

Gahanna-Jefferson City Schools is one of those. It passed by two votes this (Wednesday) morning," Chambers said. "So the outcome of some of these levy issues is still not known."

The numbers were better for the state’s libraries. Of the library money issues on Ohio ballots Tueday, 94% were approved.