Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Ohio County Schools Bond Levy Renewal
WHEELING — Voters in the Ohio County School District on Saturday renewed an excess levy that accounts for nearly a third of the school district’s annual budget.
Only 2,898 ballots were cast — just 9.8 percent of registered voters in Ohio County — in the special election on Saturday.
Unofficial totals showed 1,941– or 67 percent of voters — voting in favor of the excess levy, and 957 casting ballots against it. A canvass of the votes is set for 9 a.m. Friday.
The levy passed by voters is expected to generate $19,048,992 annually for Ohio County Schools over each of the next five tax years. Ohio County Schools’ annual budget is about $67 million. The levy is now extended through June 30, 2025.
“We couldn’t be happier,” Ohio County Schools Superintendent Kim Miller said after the votes were tallied. “We want to thank voters, community members and parents for their support. We will continue to provide an excellent educational experience for many years to come.”
While the levy is expected to generate more than $19 million each of the next five tax years, the largest amount of it — an estimated $14,573,892 — will be used toward adjusting salaries and providing benefits to staff and teachers in Ohio County schools.
Maintenance and operation of the school system will get $3.81 million; instructional materials, equipment and services, $450,000; transportation, $115,000; and support for community services, $100,000.
The levy costs taxpayers 22.95 cents for each $100 of assessed value of their property. Under this formula, a taxpayer with a home assessed at $100,000 pays $229.50 annually.
The highest voter turnout was reported at Precinct 129 at Triadelphia Middle School, where 16.2 percent cast ballots. Precinct 10 at the Clearview Volunteer Fire Department posted at 15.3 percent turnout; and Precinct 115 at Woodsdale Elementary, 15.1 percent.
Only 3.5 percent of voters in Precinct 28 at the City-County Building cast ballots in the election. The turnout at Precinct 9 at Madison Elementary School was 3.9 percent; and at Riverview Towers, 4.2 percent.