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Clyde-Green Springs schools levy passes, eliminating pay to play

The News-Messenger (Fremont) logo The News-Messenger (Fremont) 5/5/2021 Craig Shoup, Fremont News-Messenger
a group of people sitting at a table: Voter turnout was described as light for the primary election Tuesday morning at the Woodville Township Fire Department and EMS station in Woodville. The ballot featured a number of levies for voters to decide on across Sandusky County. Election results are online at thenews-messenger.com and in Thursday's print edition. © Doug Hise/Correspondent Voter turnout was described as light for the primary election Tuesday morning at the Woodville Township Fire Department and EMS station in Woodville. The ballot featured a number of levies for voters to decide on across Sandusky County. Election results are online at thenews-messenger.com and in Thursday's print edition.

FREMONT - Voters in the Clyde-Green Springs School district are responsible for restoring two school positions that had been eliminated and also for the elimination of paying to participate in extracurricular activities.

Turnout in Tuesday's primary election was down overall, but several levies were passed including a renewal levy to support the Clyde-Green Springs district.

Voter turnout, according to the Sandusky County Board of Elections was 11.26% as 4,506 ballots were cast, out of 40,019 registered voters.

Representing Sandusky and parts of Seneca County, the Clyde-Green Springs school district was able to pass a renewal levy after seeing additional levies in recent election cycles fail, with the tax levy approved by a 920-to-637 vote margin, or 59% to 41%.

Dennis Haft, district superintendent, thanked the voters Tuesday night and said the passage of the renewal levy will ensure many programs continue in the district.

"Hopefully, we've been good stewards of their money and we truly are thankful," Haft said. "This is wonderful; we don't take this for granted."

Haft said when renewal levies are passed, it allows the district to offer a consistent number of programs and provide learning options for the students.

Although new levies can always be a possibility, Haft said additional money may not be needed in future levies, saying he believes the district is in good shape financially. 

"We'll have to continue to get our renewals passed but if we're able to continue to do that, for the near and somewhat long future, I feel very comfortable with our finances," Haft said.

The 2.2-mill levy will generate $539,000 annually or 10 years, first due in 2022.

Senior levy passes in landslide 

The Sandusky County Senior Citizen levy passed by a large margin, 3,308 (73.69%) in favor to 1,181 (26.31%) who voted against the levy, according to unofficial election results from the Tuesday primary election.

Other unofficial election results:

Sandusky County Board of Developmental Disabilities

For the levy: 3,293 (73.37%)

Against the levy: 1,195 (26.3%)

Clyde City Income Tax

For the income tax: 563 (71%)

Against the income tax: 230 (29%)

Woodville Village Tax Levy

For the tax levy: 245 (77.29%) 

Against the tax levy: 72 (22.71%)

Woodville Township tax levy

For the tax levy: 369 (70.15%)

Against the tax levy: 157 (29.85%)

Woodmore Local School District

For tax levy: 511 (57.74%)

Against tax levy: 374 (42.26%)

This article originally appeared on Fremont News-Messenger: Clyde-Green Springs schools levy passes, eliminating pay to play

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