St. Marys Voters Reject SMCS Levy

Staff Writer

The Earned Income Tax Levy for the St. Marys City Schools went before the voters Tuesday.

Voters elected to reject the levy by a count of 1,983 votes to 1,360.

The last time the St. Marys City Schools passed a levy was 2004 when they passed an emergency operating levy. The money from that levy is projected to run out by 2020.

The district has already begun reductions for the upcoming school year. According to Interim Superintendent Overman, the district is not going to rehire a guidance counselor, a teacher and a transportation administrator. One additional teacher is going to be relocated within the district.

Overman added that this is not the first time the voters have rejected an operating levy.

The St. Marys School District is the only district in Auglaize County without an income tax levy. Overman did commend the district for it's continued performance on the fixed income from the previous emergency levy.

The school was hoping to increase it's operational income from $1.8 million to $5.4 million. The income tax would not have replaced the emergency property tax but would have brought in an additional $3.6 million. The levy would have lasted for five years and then would have been reevaluated.

For the full story, see Wednesday print edition of The Evening Leader. Unofficial Results from Tuesday's Primary are also avilable on this page.