Voters reject the $1.75 million Carrollton Exempted Village Board of Education emergency levy request.
An appeal to voters for additional tax revenue failed for the Carrollton Exempted Village Board of Education by 489 votes, according to unofficial election returns.
The 5.3-mill emergency levy was defeated by 1,540 to 1,051, according to unofficial returns from the Carroll County Board of Elections. The percentage is 59.44 against and 40.56 for the tax.
The five-year property tax would have generated $1.75 million annually.
“It is very important,” Helen Skinner, a board of education member, said. “If we don’t have enough money, we will have to make more cuts. That could mean services to the kids. We talked about many cuts, including (closing) two more buildings if we have to.”
Attempts to contact Superintendent David Quattrochi Tuesday were not successful. Officials with the school system have been saying they have not had an additional operating levy approved since the late 1970s.
“We have actually been cut by the state and federal government,” Michael Pozderac, another board of education member, said. “We have to do something to keep afloat. If it doesn’t pass this time we will put it back on the election in the fall (Nov. 5).”
If the emergency levy had passed, the owner of a $100,000 home would have paid about $163 in additional property taxes.
Carrollton Exempted Village School District is projected to be in deficit spending during the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1.