LEWISBURG — A renewal of an existing 10-year emergency operating levy for the Tri-County North Local School District failed during the Tuesday, May 3, Primary Election, according to Superintendent Bill Derringer.
The levy failed by only eleven votes, Derringer reported during a Monday, May 16,TCNBoard of Education meeting.
The levy passed in Preble County but failed in Montgomery and Darke Counties.
“The reason we are ‘Tri-County’ is because we have students and parents living in three separate counties,” Derringer said. “So, although we did pass in Preble County, it was a very tight margin. We failed in Montgomery County and in Darke County.”
A second levy, a renewal of a 5-year, 2-mill tax for the purpose of improving and renovating school buildings and providing equipment, furnishings and site improvements for TCN, passed with a slim margin, according to Derringer.
“The permanent improvement levy, we passed that by 42 votes,” Derringer said. “We still did not do well in Montgomery and Darke but we did get more votes there than what we did for the operating levy.”
Derringer continued with optimism, “Next step on that is we will be looking to running it again in November.”
“We’re probably going to get a similar number of ‘no’ voters — we just need to get the ‘yes’ voters in the community and get them out to vote for us,” he added.
TCN will be more prepared for the coming election in November, and get more information out to the community in hopes of passing the general operations levy, Derringer said.
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