GENEVA — A permanent improvement levy passed on its final attempt Tuesday night.

This was the last chance for the .85-mill levy to pass.

The levy passed, 1,921 to 1,773 votes, according to unofficial results.

“I’m really excited to hear that,” Superintendent Eric Kujala said late Tuesday night.

The levy costs the owner of a $100,000 home $29.75 per year, and generates around $200,000 per year for the district. The funds can only be used to pay for things that have a lifespan of five years or more.

The levy failed by more than 200 votes when it was on the ballot in May.

The levy pays for bus purchases, among other things, according to the district. 

“The permanent improvement levy is very important to us,” district treasurer Kevin Lillie said in October.

The district has the second-lowest amount of permanent improvement funds in Ashtabula County, he said.

“As a district, we are truly thankful to our communities for their support. This is just another critical piece as the district moves forward and continues to plan for the future,” Kujala said.

• In other Geneva election results:

Philip Cordova topped four candidates who won election to the Geneva City Council with 774 votes. Cordova was reelected to council. Joining him on council are Robert Rosebrugh (632), Jeffrey A. Griffiths (577) and Mario Butera (529). Butera was reelected.

Incumbent council member Susan Hagan (521) did not win reelection. Write-in candidate James E. Baehr (36) was sixth in the unofficial results.


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