Preble Shawnee levy, income tax failing

Preble Shawnee voters, including those in a single precinct in Middletown, are voting down a 2.5-mill bond levy and 0.75 percent income tax.

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Residents in a single election precincts in northern Middletown — on the Preble County border — voted against the combined Preble Shawnee Schools’ income tax and a bond issue for new school construction by 69 percent to 31 percent, according to unofficial results from the Butler County Board of Elections.

The combination school levy was also losing in all other precincts by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin, according to early results from the Preble County Board of Elections.

Voters were deciding whether to pay to replace a 1982 high school and two elementaries that have 80- to 100-year-old roots. The district would build one new elementary in Camden and a middle/high school on the existing site. The 2.5-mill bond would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $87.50 per year according to the county auditor. The income tax would cost $375 annually for a family making $50,000.

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