West Clermont to place levy on ballot

December 1st, 2006    Author: Michael Bradley    Filed Under: News

With little discussion, the West Clermont Board of Education has passed a resolution to return the $53 million bond levy to voters in a special Feb. 6 election.

The Nov. 20 unanimous vote on the resolution has directed board Treasurer Alana Cropper to submit the resolution to the Clermont County Board of Elections.

The Board is unwilling to give up on the bond issue because the margin of defeat was less than one percent (9,959 for, 10,039 against).

“We have nearly 10,000 voters who support us,” said Superintendent Gary Brooks. “We have both the momentum and the will to continue this cause for the benefits of our students and our community.”

In the special Feb. 6 election (which the board will pay for), the district will be once again asking voters to approve a 2.4 mill bond issue to replace its four oldest schools; Brantner Elementary, Amelia Elementary, Summerside Elementary, and Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary.

"We must secure funding to replace these four oldest schools," said Brooks. "The needs have not diminished, and construction costs will soar while buildings continue to deteriorate."

The $53 million bond issue will cost the $100,000 homeowner a little above $73 a year.

The bond issue that the school district was asking voters to accept in the Nov. 7 election lost by only 80 votes; the board is hopeful that when the automatic recount is complete, the results will change in favor of the issue.

If the provisional and absentee ballots counted and certified by Nov. 28 secure a win, the board is then free cancel the action that was approved at a the special board meeting Nov. 20.

If at that time election officials certify the official defeat for the levy, the board has taken the necessary steps to make another attempt in February.

"We are here to enrich the world, and we impoverish ourselves if we forget the errand," said Brooks.
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