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Edison Local levy defeated

November 8, 2012
By MARK J. MILLER - Special to The Review ( , The Review

HAMMONDSVILLE - Voters in the Edison Local School District defeated a 9.45-mill operating levy for district operations during Tuesday's election, according to unofficial tallies from the Jefferson County Board of Elections.

According to unofficial results, the levy was defeated with 3,961 voters against the levy and 3,171 voters approving the proposal.

Also, in Harrison County, 23 voters in the district were for the proposal, while 23 voted against it, according to unofficial results from the Harrison County Board of Elections.

The levy proposal would have funded basic operating expenses for the district, which includes 1,965 students and pupils from Hammondsville, Richmond, Knoxville, Irondale, Pleasant Hill, Amsterdam, Bergholz, Empire, Stratton and other areas in the northern edge of Jefferson County. The levy would have funded district operations, including buses, building maintenance, food services, salaries, wages, benefits of employees and utilities.

This is the second time district voters rejected the proposal, although voters did approve an emergency operating levy in 2009.

Bill Beattie, district superintendent. said it is time to go back to the drawing board for the district.

"We'll have to sit down with the board and decide where to go to move forward," said Beattie, adding additional cuts will be coming. "The cuts we are going to have to make will be much deeper and harsher than in the past."

Beattie previously said the district lost significant funds recently, including a loss of $700,000 in property taxes garnered from FirstEnergy Corp.; a $470,000 loss due to changes in the way state tax is reimbursed to school districts; and a $949,813 loss in funds from federal stimulus funds.



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