Statewide, 62% of school issues on the November ballot passed, but only 34% of requests for new operating monies were approved according to the Buckeye Association for School Administrators.Columbus City Schools' 8.98-mill combined levy and bond issue passed with a 63% approval rate. Three of the seven other large urban school districts in Ohio had funding issues on the ballot, all of which passed:
–Dayton's 4.9-mill levy passed (57% approved). The levy will generate $9.3 million a year for the district. Dayton's last levy attempt, in 2007, was for 15.17 mills and was defeated 58%-42%.
–Toledo's 4.8-mill levy and 0.7-mill bond both passed (57% and 58% approved, respectively). The 10-year levy will generate $15.7 million a year and the 28-year bond wil l provide $37 million.
–Youngstown's four-year, 9.5-mill levy passed (53% approved). The levy had failed in three prior attempts.
The approval of these ballot issues stands in contrast to the fact that only five of 15 operating levies passed among the Urban 8 (Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown) between 2004 and 2007.
In Franklin County, nine districts (including Columbus) had funding issues on the ballot, five passed. For a helpful summary of these ballot issues and how they fared, click here.