Voters once again rejected a Findlay City Schools operating levy on Tuesday.
This is the third levy defeat this year, following a defeat in the primary in April and in a special election in August.
In the unofficial results from the Hancock County Board of Elections, this latest levy failed by a vote of 10,358 against it to 8,337 for it.
The levy that the school district put before voters on Tuesday was a 3.9 mill levy, which was a reduction from the 5.9 mill levy that failed twice.
The 3.9 mill levy would have cost taxpayers significantly less than the 5.9 mill levy.
The school district says the 3.9 mill levy would have cost a homeowner $136.50 annually for each $100,000 of home value.
Superintendent Troy Roth had said, since the millage was lower, that even if the 3.9 mill levy would have passed, the district still would have had to make cuts to personnel and in other areas.
Roth issued the following statement.
Dear Findlay Community:
I want to thank our community for participating in the November election for Findlay City
Schools. The results were not as we had hoped for, and we recognize that this is a difficult
time for many in our community.
I would like to thank the community of supporters and everyone that worked hard on the
campaign. The efforts that were made on behalf of the students are to be applauded and
we deeply appreciate it.
We will continue to provide the best level of education despite our funding challenges. We
will remain transparent and keep the community informed of the cuts that will need to be
made. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we make some very difficult
The Board of Education will continue to discuss what those cuts and hard decisions will be.
We will keep the community informed every step of the way.
Click here for the full election results.