Kings school levy wins


UPDATE 10:20 p.m.: With all precincts in the Kings school community having their votes tallied, the school system has won over enough voters to win approval of the school districts’ tax hike.

According to unofficial tallies from the Warren County Board of Elections, Kings’ 6.4-mills continuing operating tax has won.

The margin of victory was 55% to 45%, county election officials report.

UPDATE 9:45 p.m.: With nearly 75 percent of precincts reporting the Kings school levy is winning, according to the latest, unofficial vote tally.

The Kings school tax hike is maintaining its 55% to 45% winning margin with 23 of 31 precincts reporting, according the Warren County Board of Elections.

EARLIER STORY: Early voting in the Kings Schools’ communities show the proposed property tax hike is winning, according to initial, unofficial tallies from election officials.

By a 55% to 45% margin the Kings school levy is winning as early and absentee voting has just been posted on the Warren County Board of Elections website.

But there are many more votes to be counted as none of the 31 precincts have yet reported their vote totals to county election officials.

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Kings’ voters are deciding on the first new operating levy since one was passed in 2016.

Residents today cast their ballots on a 6.4-mills continuing operating tax to fund the school system, which serves Deerfield Twp., Landen, Kings Mills and South Lebanon.

Also on the ballot in Butler County are school levies in Ross and Talawanda Schools.

Officials have said since the passage of the last operating levy approved by voters in 2016 and Kings enrollment has since increased by 597 students resulting in increased expenses. That levy was projected at the time to last three years, but Kings stretched it out for six years, they said.

Stay with the Journal-News for full election coverage this evening.

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