Valley View Intermediate fifth-graders celebrate National Anthem Day by singing and learning the history of the song. Valley View schools has a bond levy on the Nov. 8 ballot that would allow the district to build new schools. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Bond levies failing in smaller school districts

Valley View, Jefferson Twp. and Preble Shawnee schools all asked voters to approve bond levies to build new schools, but all three levies appeared likely to fail, according to unofficial results Tuesday night.

Preble Shawnee voters turned down a 2.5-mill bond levy and 0.75-percent income tax to build new schools, according to the Preble County Board of Elections. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the vote was 47.3 percent in favor and 52.7 percent against. The levy would have paid the local share of replacing a 1982 high school and two elementaries that have 80- to 100-year-old roots, with the state picking up much of the cost.

* With 90 percent of precincts reporting, voters in the Valley View district were rejecting a 5.48-mill bond levy by a double-digit margin, according to the Montgomery County Board of Elections. The levy would have helped replace two 1920s school buildings, a 1950 elementary and the 1968 high school with three buildings on existing sites. Voters rejected a similar effort last decade.

* Jefferson Twp. voters were turning down a 6.61-mill bond levy by a huge margin, with 75 percent of precincts reporting. The levy would have helped replace Jefferson’s two 1960s-era school buildings with a single school at the current high school site. Jefferson Twp. voters rejected similar efforts in 2012-13.

Those three districts have until late summer 2017 to pass bond levies, or they would have to reapply for the state share of project funding.

Renewal levies

* Brookville: With 90 percent of precincts reporting, voters were easily approving a request to renew and make permanent an 8.99-mill operating levy.

* Milton-Union: With more than 5,000 votes counted, voters were on path to renewing a 17-mill levy for another five years. Based on partial results, the margin was more than 15 percentage points.

* Greene County Career Center: With almost two-thirds of the countywide vote counted, the levy was leading by more than 15 percentage points. The vote renews and makes permanent a 0.75-mill levy for upgrading facilities, equipment and technology.

* Tri-County North: With 100 percent of precincts reporting, voters renewed a 2-mill facility improvement levy for another five years by a 57-43 ratio.

* Twin Valley: Voters renewed a 0.75 percent income tax for school operations for another five years, by a 57-43 ratio.

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