A tale of two levies in Huber Heights

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) — A long night led to a split for two major tax issues in Huber Heights.

The final results didn’t come in until after midnight for Huber Heights’ two levies.

The school levy lost with just more than 42 percent of the vote, the district’s sixth straight defeat in asking for new money.

“The results were more favorable than they were in the past,” says Superintendent Susan Gunnell. “We’re seeing progress in the number of voters voting yes.”

The 6.95 mill levy would have restored some of the $14.5 million in cuts the district has made that have led to larger class sizes and a drop in athletic participation because of increased fees.

So what’s next for the district?

“The work needs to continue we’ll just have to do with the limited resources and students won’t have as many opportunities as our neighboring students,” Gunnell says.

Gunnell says right now the district is still analyzing the results. If they wanted to try another levy in May, it would have to be approved by the school board in early December.

The mood was much different for police and firefighters. Their quarter percent income tax increase passed.

“Huge sigh of relief,” says Fire Chief Mark Ashworth. “It definitely helps stabalize the city’s finances.”

Ashworth says with the levy passing the police and fire departments will avoid any cuts.

“I can’t thank the community enough,” Ashworth says. “They really stepped up. They support us.”

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