Tiffin City Schools voters approved a continuing 4.9-mill levy Tuesday.
According to unofficial totals, 2,766 voters approved the operating levy, and 2,506 voters rejected it.
"With the cuts we have made and the approval of this levy request, the district will now be able to balance its budget," Superintendent Donald Coletta said.
PHOTO BY PAT GAIETTO
Shirley Smith (right), vice president of Tiffin City Board of Education, applauds after receiving partial election results Tuesday evening. From left are Scott Urban, director of instruction and personnel; Donald Coletta, superintendent; and Kathy Venema, president of the board.
Coletta expressed appreciation for the levy campaign team and its leaders, Rob Ledwedge and Bryan Glover; the staff for its commitment to excellence; and the community for supporting children.
He said he is "certainly very grateful to work in a community that values education. I'm impressed that in very difficult economic times, people are willing to sacrifice and make an investment in their future."
The levy is to generate $1.7 million and the owner of a $100,000 home is to pay $150 annually.
Voter turnout in Seneca County was 32.75 percent Tuesday. Of the county's 35,812 registered voters, 11,728 people voted.
Among them were 8,284 Republicans, or 70.63 percent; 2,967 Democrats, or 25.3 percent; one Green party; six Libertarian party; and 470 nonpartisan ballots.
"We'll continue to work on transitioning our elementary schools to the new grade-band configuration and help students get ready for the upcoming state tests," he said.
Coletta has said the district has tightened its belt due to lack of funds available to it. Officials cannot cut their way out of the budget deficit, he said.
"It is even more critical today than it was in November that this levy pass so the revenue generated can protect instructional programs," he said.
It was the second time the district asked for approval of the levy. According to official totals from November, the levy failed by 330 votes, with 3,513 vote for it and 3,843 against.