Voters split on school levies; Valley View passes, Troy rejected

Troy’s school levy, if passed, would have raised money to replace the 100-year-old Van Cleve school on East Main Street in Troy. JIM NOELKER/STAFF
Troy’s school levy, if passed, would have raised money to replace the 100-year-old Van Cleve school on East Main Street in Troy. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

Dayton area voters were approving four of the seven local school levies as of Tuesday night — but only one of the three seeking a tax increase — according to partial results released by local elections boards.

The Valley View, Vandalia-Butler, Lebanon and Cedar Cliff levies were passing in the unofficial count, while levies in Bellbrook, Beavercreek and Troy were being rejected.

Results of these elections, originally scheduled for March 17, will not be final until each county holds its certification meeting — May 11 in Montgomery and Miami counties, May 18 in Warren County and May 19 in Greene County. Valid absentee ballots that were postmarked by Monday and are received no later than 10 days after the election still will be counted.


VALLEY VIEW: After multiple previous rejections, partial results Tuesday showed Valley View voters solidly approving a new levy that would raise funds for both day-to-day school costs and facility projects. Montgomery County Board of Election results showed the measure ahead by a 57-43 ratio.

The levy includes a 37-year, 5.5-mill bond issue to help build a new campus incorporating the current high school. The other piece is a 0.5% income tax increase to address budget shortfalls. Valley View district officials had prepared a detailed plan for staff and program cuts if the levy was rejected.

TROY: Troy voters were overwhelmingly rejecting their school levy by a 60-40 ratio according to partial results Tuesday. The schools asked voters for a 7.04-mill bond/levy to replace their aging elementary school buildings with four new buildings. The cost was projected at about $248 per year for a $100,000 home.

The total cost of the project was listed at $98.7 million, with the state covering $31.8 million, according to the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.

MORE DETAILS: Troy levy would pay to replace elementary schools

BEAVERCREEK: Beavercreek schools voters were rejecting their 9.85-mill substitute levy by a 52-48 ratio, according to partial results. Substitute levies keep existing taxpayers' rates the same, but allow the schools to gain money when there's new construction in the future.

Beavercreek voters converted a different 6-mill emergency school levy into a substitute in 2017, passing it on the second try.

CEDARVILLE: The Cedar Cliff school levy was narrowly ahead, by a 53-47 ratio according to partial results Tuesday. Cedarville's vote is also on a substitute levy — a 2.6-mill measure that would become permanent and would continue to cost $79.63 per year for the owner of a $100,000 home.

RELATED: Steady stream of people dropped off ballots Tuesday

VANDALIA-BUTLER: Renewal levies, which keep residents' existing tax rates the same but extend them for more years, usually pass comfortably. Vandalia-Butler's 7.03-mill renewal tax for school operations was being approved by a 61-39 ratio in partial results Tuesday. The levy has been approved by voters five times, and the district is asking to renew it for 10 years rather than five this time.

LEBANON: Lebanon voters were approving their 4.1-mill renewal tax by a 55-45 ratio Tuesday. The Lebanon levy, to pay for day-to-day school operations, first passed in 2005 and has been renewed every three years.

BELLBROOK: Voters in Bellbrook-Sugarcreek schools were rejecting their levy, according to partial results.

RELATED: See separate Bellbrook levy story here

This election was originally scheduled for March 17, and many residents had already voted by then via absentee ballot. Those votes are included in Tuesday’s count. But state officials canceled March 17 in-person voting at the last minute due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, and moved all voting to mail-in ballots, with a deadline of April 28.