Michele Spring Reporting:

(Wednesday, August 08, 2018) Tuscarawas County, Ohio – Area voters rejected a school security property tax Tuesday.

The Stark County Educational Center Board’s 1.49-mill additional property tax would have run for a continuing period beginning in 2018 and raised $9.51 million a year for participating districts. It would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $52 a year.

Tuscarawas County Board of Elections Deputy Director Sarah Kneuss said this levy would have added security and mental health initiatives.

“It was an additional tax for the Stark County ESC, for the purpose of current expenses for school safety and security and mental health services. This would include training and employment or contracting for the services of safety personnel, mental health personnel, social workers, and counselors.”

Issue 1 was on the ballot for 16 school districts, including Fairless, Sandy Valley, and Strasburg in Tuscarawas County.

Over 76% of voters in Stark County and 79% of voters in Tuscarawas County voted against the levy.

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