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The Suburbanite
  • North Canton, Louisville school levies appear to have won voter passage

  • Supporters of school levies in North Canton and Louisville had good reason to hope they would prevail, according to preliminary vote counts released Tuesday night.

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  • Voters approved the North Canton City Schools and Louisville City Schools levies, according to unofficial results late Tuesday from the Stark County Board of Elections.
    The ‘yes’ votes for the continuous North Canton City Schools 2.4-mill additional permanent improvements levy led the ‘no’ votes 2,625 to 1,916.
     “I think a lot of people appreciate and realize the need and look around the (school) complex and see the condition of the buildings and the parking lots,” said North Canton City Schools Supt. Michael Hartenstein.
    Homeowners in the district will, starting in 2014, pay an additional $73.50 a year for every $100,000 in home value. The levy will raise $1.5 million a year.
    Hartenstein has pledged to use the money to replace school boilers and roofs among other things.
    Votes for the Louisville City Schools additional five-year 5.9-mill emergency levy, which will raise $1.8 million a year, led 3,461 to 2,119. Voters defeated a similar levy request in November by 153 votes.
    The owner of a $100,000 home will have to pay nearly $181 more a year.
     Louisville City Schools Supt. David Redd said the district will be able to offset much but not all of the cuts in state funding. The district will still have to cut $500,000 a year in part by not replacing six departing employees.
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    robert.wang@cantonrep.com
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