Will the third time be the charm for the Woodmore School District?
School board members have voted to place a 2.99-mill, 5-year operating levy request on the November ballot.
Voters rejected an identical levy request last week and in May.
Last week’s unofficial results show the levy fell by 40 votes : Against – 759, For – 719.
Voters in the Ottawa County portion of the district approved the measure by 20 votes: For – 342, Against – 322. But in Sandusky County it fell by 60 votes: Against – 437, For – 377.
Voter turnout in Ottawa County last week was just under 30 percent while in Sandusky County it was just under 39 percent, according to the respective county boards of elections.
Woodmore treasurer Kevin Slates said the boards of elections have told him voting information broken down by precinct will be available for review by Aug. 17.
“Summer is always a hard time to reach voters with vacations and all,” he said. “You have the definite yes voters and definite no voters coming out but for the others it’s more difficult. The board members and levy committee plan to meet later this month.”
School officials had promoted the levy by trying to assure voters a 4-mill operating levy would be allowed to expire at the end of the year and they wouldn’t seek its renewal.
If the 2.99-mill issue passes in November it will generate approximately $450,000 annually.
Board to meet
The next regular meeting of the Woodmore board is scheduled for Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Woodmore High School.
There will be a public meeting at 6 p.m. that evening to consider rehiring of retiree Linda Edwards as special education director.