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Voters turn down levy requests

FPS staff report

Voters rejected both Carroll County school levies at the May 7 special
election.

The Carrollton Exempted Village School District's request for a 5.3 mill
emergency was defeated by a 1,540 to 1,051 count.

County voters defeated the Brown Local (Malvern) School's  request for a
bond issue to construct a new school by 21 votes. Carroll County Board
of Elections Director Amanda Tubaugh said 22 provisional ballots were
cast on election day in Carroll County. "Not all of those votes were
from within Brown Local district," Tubaugh said.

There are two precincts in Stark County that lie within the Brown Local
District. The Stark County Board of Elections website reported three
"yes" votes and two "no" votes from those precincts.

Tubaugh said the provisional ballots will be counted when the official
canvas is conducted May 20 at 9 a.m.

"If the Brown Local levy falls within one half of one percent of the
total number of votes cast, it will quality for a recount," she noted.

"Our board is committed to being good stewards with our tax dollars,
which we believe includes building a new school with partial funding
from the Ohio School Facilities Commission," said Malvern Superintendent
Connie Griffin. "If necessary, we will pursue our next opportunity and
place it on the ballot in August 2013."

Carrollton Superintendent Dr. Dave Quattrochi said he plans to meet with
the school board to discuss their next move. "We plan to put it on the
ballot again," he said. "At this point we will keep pushing forward."

Voters in Perry Township approved a one-mill replacement levy for fire
protection by a 93-42 margin.

Seventeen voters Lee, Loudon and Fox townships included in the Jefferson
County Joint Vocational School cast votes. Thirteen voted against the
levy and four cast "yes" votes.

Rose Township voters living within the Quad Ambulance District approved
a two-mill levy for ambulance service. There were 65 "yes" votes and 54
"no" votes cast. Stark County voters within the district also approved
the levy request by a 194-97 count.


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