UPDATE: The substitute levy sought in the Springboro school district passed, according to unofficial election night totals.
After running behind all night, Issue 18 finished ahead by 169 votes from 7,321 votes cast overall.
In the school board race, incumbents Dave Stuckey, Charles Anderson and Dan Gudz defeated challenger Theresa Schneider.
In Clearcreek Twp., Trustees Ed Wade and Steve Muterspaw were re-elected over Linda Oda, the township’s fiscal officer and Warren County Recorder, who finished third.
And Janie Ridd defeated Gary Hruska in the Ward 1 Springboro City Council race.
Issue 18 on the Nov. 7 ballot is a continuing substitute 7.4-mill levy projected to raise more than $7.9 million for the Springboro school district expenses, if approved.
Voters here have rejected five consecutive levies for new money, but approved a renewal with a reduced levy in 2013.
This was the first levy try under Superintendent Dan Schroer.
School officials in districts like Springboro trying to find a way to keep up with growing student populations and the costs of providing a public education are turning more to substitute levies, added in Ohio in 2008.
People already paying property taxes on emergency levies like the one that would be replaced by the substitute levy shouldn’t see their bills go up after passage of the substitute measure.
Unlike other levies, substitutes enable districts to collect full taxes on residential and commercial properties improved after passage, unless they are exempted through tax abatements or other incentives.
Voters in the district will also be electing three of five school board members in today’s election.
Also in Springboro, voters in Ward 1 alone will have a choice for their council member.
And in Clearcreek Twp., voters in the township and city will weigh in on a three-way race for two seats on the Clearcreek Twp. Board of Trustees.
The re-election of trustees Wade, who has been a trustee for 40 years; and Muterspaw, seeking a second term; was challenged by Oda, the township’s fiscal officer and Warren County recorder.
Schneider, an accounting manager, was the only challenger for three seats on the Springboro Community City Schools Board of Education up for election. Anderson, Gudz and Stuckey ran on a slate.
Anderson, a funeral home owner was running for his third term, Stuckey, a retired teacher and coach, his second term. Gudz was up for election for the first time after his appointment, replacing Darin Lunt, who resigned earlier this year.
Gudz, Stuckey and Anderson are running together.
Unlike the three sitting board members, Schneider opposes the proposed substitute levy.
“I cannot support the effort to change a renewable levy to one that continues forever without the need for voter oversight and approval,” she said.
Gudz, a vice president of finance, countered that “making it a continuing levy provides financial stability to the district going forward,” a view also supported by Stuckey and Anderson.
Ward 1 City Council
Within city limits, only voters in Ward 1, on the city’s northwest side, need to cast ballots for Councilwoman Ridd or Hruska, a former councilmember contesting her election.
Ridd, a former planning commission member for 30 years, was appointed about three years ago to replace Lisa Kerschner who resigned.
“My broad and lengthy experience has given me the ability to make decisions that will continue moving us forward in building a strong and financially sound legacy,” Ridd said in a response in the Dayton Daily News Voters Guide.
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Two years ago, Hruska, a lawyer with 14 years on the city council, lost his at-large seat to Stephen Harding and Becky Iverson in a three-person race for two seats.
The incumbents were unopposed in the other wards up for election.
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