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CPS Will Ask For Another Levy If Issue 22 Fails

With the apparent failure of a Cincinnati Public Schools levy, school officials say they would likely ask voters to approve another one in March.
/ Source: WLWT.com

With the apparent failure of a Cincinnati Public Schools levy, school officials said they would likely ask voters to approve another one in March. With 106 of 392 percent of precincts reporting, 16,292, or 62 percent, voted against the issue, and 9,898, or 38 percent, voted in favor of it.

Supporters said the levy would help pay for textbooks and teachers, and would raise more money in five years for the schools than it took to build Great American Ballpark.

Opponents said that’s too much, too fast.

“I usually vote for school levies, I'm a big supporter of making sure they have enough money to work with, but in this case with all the changes, I thought it was better to wait and see what would happen and support them the next time perhaps,” said voter Ron Matson.

Issue 22, which was the first tax increase requested by CPS in seven years, would have raised $65 million per year over the next half decade, officials said.

“We want to be able to fund our education,” said voter Kasandra Brown. “We have excellent schools, we have beautiful new buildings in place, new programs and they've made great strides in the last three years.”

Officials warned of deep budget cuts if the second levy proposal fails in March, and three new school board members will help make those decisions.

With 152 of 392 precincts reporting, Michael Flannery, Eve Bolton and A. Chris Nelms appeared to have won seats on the Cincinnati School Board, receiving vote percentages of 33 percent, 29 percent and 23 percent, respectively.

Incumbent Rick Williams apparently lost his seat, garnering only 15 percent of the vote.

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