While the overwhelming majority of levy requests were approved by voters at the polls Tuesday, several were voted down.
The Ashtabula County District Library, Jefferson Joint Union Cemetery District and Windsor Township all sought additional money which voters rejected.
Ashtabula County District Library
Issue 27 was a proposed 0.25-mill continuous levy for technology updates and library buildings. Had it passed, the levy would have generated $222,239 in its first year of collection and it would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home around $8.40 a year in additional taxes.
The levy failed by a fairly narrow margin with 4,357 people voting for the levy and 4,401 people voting against it, according to unofficial election results.
Library Director Penny Neubauer said those in the library district are disappointed at their inability to pass the increase, but they choose to celebrate with other communities who sought additional money and were able to achieve passage of a levy.
“There were a lot of asks for funding this last election cycle — some particularly vital,” she said. “So we’re okay with having to sit this one out.”
The library system administration and staff seek to win voter approval every day through above-and-beyond customer service, robust print and online collections, after-school programming, free community usage of buildings and grounds and the outreach and support the district offers on behalf of schools, Neubauer said.
“The belt will be tightened, yet once again, and we will continue to pursue our stated vision as we seek to encourage our communities to Gather, Read, Discover, and Transform,” she said.
Jefferson Joint Union Cemetery District
Issue 36 was a five-year replacement plus 1-mill levy for cemetery operating expenses.
If passed the levy would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $35 in annual tax. The levy, first passed in 2005, currently generates $73,048 and had it passed it would have generated $101,029.
The levy failed Tuesday with 562 people voting for the levy and 588 people voting against it, according to unofficial results.
Patty Fisher, Jefferson village clerk-treasurer, said the levy was sought as a way to bring in more money for rising costs associated with cemetery maintenance and upkeep. A representative from the Joint Union Cemetery District, which serves both the village and Jefferson Township, could not be reached for comment.
Issue 25 was a 5-year, additional 1-mill levy for parks and recreation. If passed the levy would have generated $40,300 per year and cost the owner of a $100,000 home $35 annually in additional taxes.
The township currently has no parks and recreation levies and the levy attempt Tuesday failed with 127 people voting against it and 108 people voting for it, according to unofficial results.
Windsor Township officials could not be reached for comment.
Issue 42 was a 4.5-mill levy that would have generated $166,000 annually and cost the owner of a $100,000 home $157.50 annually in additional tax.
It had been sought to pay for various parks and recreation improvements the village had in mind but it failed with 141 people voting against it and 79 people voting for it, according to unofficial results.
Officials from Geneva-on-the-Lake could not be reached for comment.