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Lakota Tries to Pass Levy After Three Defeats
BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (Larry Davis) -- Employees in Lakota Schools hope to pass the district's first operating levy since 2005 Tuesday.
Three straight defeats caused the school system to freeze salaries and eliminate jobs. Local 12's Larry Davis is at Lakota East High School in Liberty Township with what's at stake this time around.
Board of Elections officials in Butler County say turnout has been very light across the county except in Liberty and West Chester township. There the voter turnout has been heavy and steady all day long. These two townships are in the Lakota School District which has a levy on the ballot.
It's been two years since Lakota voters saw a school tax levy on the ballot. Three levys were defeated in 2010 and 2011. The last time a levy was approved in Lakota was back in 2005.
School district leaders are hoping voters end that losing streak Tuesday by approving a combination 5.5 million dollar levy.
The district as made 21 million dollars in budget cuts in the wake of the previous levy defeats. And even so, opponents say they are tired of the threats of cuts and claim that most of the tax money is going to salaries and benefits and not the Lakota children.
In addition to Lakota, other school districts have levies or bond issues on the ballot Tuesday: Oak Hills, Three Rivers, Deer Park, Fairfield, Middletown, West Clermont, Williamsburg, Franklin, Lebanon and Springboro.
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