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Some local school levies didn't make the grade with voters

Posted: Updated: Nov 7, 2012 10:11 PM EST
LORAIN COUNTY, OH (WOIO) -

When it came to school levies, some voters didn't answer the call for help in Lorain County.  And in Avon lake voters decided not to pass Issue 32, a 7.5 million dollar a year emergency levy.

Superintendent Bob Scott says they had no choice but to put it on the ballot because the district's been losing money over the past three years. 

"Because of property devaluation which for us is our power plant, and because of the loss of tangible personal property and utility payback in the last state budget," said Scott.

But that didn't seem to be an issue for voters in North Ridgeville, Amherst, Lorain, and Avon--where levies and a bond for schools passed. 

But in the same county Avon Lake and Elyria voters said no way. 

"This has been a tough economy that people are in and there's always right now a little bit of just paying taxes at all that people are negative about," said Scott.

In January Lorain County's unemployment was at 9.8%, last month it improved, dropping to 6.8%. 

It appears things are turning around, but at the polls it just wasn't enough for some voters to reach deeper into their pockets for some schools in need.

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