Live Blog: Columbus School Voters Loudly Say ‘No” To Levy

The polls are now closed in Ohio.(Photo: Steve Brown/WOSU News)
The polls are now closed in Ohio.(Photo: Steve Brown/WOSU News)

10:02 p.m. Reynoldsburg voters reject income tax increase, 2,134 to 1,722. -TB

9:47 p.m.

9:41 p.m. Report from reporter Mandie Trimble

9:38 p.m.

9:34 p.m.

9:28 p.m. - Race to keep an eye on is for Columbus School Board members. Right now Michael Cole has a comfortable lead in the race with 23.26 percent of the vote. Ramona Reyes is in second with 18.25 percent of the vote. Dominic Paretti sits in third with 16.34 percent of the vote. Mike Wiles, with 15.11 percent of the vote is only about 800 votes behind Paretti. Top three candidates are elected. -TB

9:21 p.m.

9:07 p.m. Now with 25 percent of votes counted, the Columbus City School levy request is being defeated handily. 68.5 percent of voters have voted against the levy thus far. -TB

9:04 p.m. Less than 100 votes separate the Gahanna and Reynoldsburg income tax increase proposals. Both races are leaning against the income tax. -TB

9:00 p.m. With 12.47 percent of precincts reporting and all absentee ballots counted, the Columbus City Schools Levy request is being defeated 11,274 to 5,176. More than a 2:1 margin right now. -TB

8:54 p.m. Update from reporter Mandie Trimble. -TB

8:42 p.m. Early votes and the first reported votes have the Columbus City Schools Levy request being denied by the voters of Columbus. Votes against the issue are 7,588, while votes for the issue are only 3,577.

Update on Columbus Board of Education: Michael Cole, Dominic Paretti and Ramona Reyes are leading to be members of the Columbus Board of Education. Mike Wiles is close behind Reyes for the third spot. Top three candidates are elected. -TB

8:39 p.m.

8:39 p.m. First election day results coming in. Issues #50 and #51 first -TB

#50 Columbus City Schools Bond and Levy
13 of 465 Precincts Reporting
Issue                                Absentee  Nov5 Votes       Total
AGAINST THE BOND ISSUE AND LEVY         6,372       1,216       7,588
FOR THE BOND ISSUE AND LEVY             3,106         471       3,577

#51 Columbus City Schools Independent Auditor
13 of 465 Precincts Reporting
Issue                                Absentee  Nov5 Votes       Total
NO                                      5,290       1,096       6,386
YES                                     4,175         594       4,769

8:31 p.m. Early voting numbers (absentee only) on Columbus City Schools Levy Issues #50 and #51 -TB

#50 Columbus City Schools Bond and Levy
Issue                                Absentee         Total
AGAINST THE BOND ISSUE AND LEVY         6,372           6,372
FOR THE BOND ISSUE AND LEVY             3,106           3,106

#51 Columbus City Schools Independent Auditor
Issue                                Absentee         Total
NO                                      5,290           5,290
YES                                     4,175           4,175

8:21 p.m. - Bond Issues No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 -TB

#1 Columbus Bond Public Safety
0 of 698 Precincts Reporting
0 of 2 Overlap Counties Reporting
Issue                                Absentee  Nov5 Votes       Total
FOR THE BOND ISSUE                      7,399           0       7,399
AGAINST THE BOND ISSUE                  4,135           0       4,135

#2 Columbus Bond Parks and Recreation
0 of 698 Precincts Reporting
0 of 2 Overlap Counties Reporting
Issue                                Absentee  Nov5 Votes       Total
FOR THE BOND ISSUE                      7,592           0       7,592
AGAINST THE BOND ISSUE                  3,997           0       3,997

#3 Columbus Bond Public Service
0 of 698 Precincts Reporting
0 of 2 Overlap Counties Reporting
Issue                                Absentee  Nov5 Votes       Total
FOR THE BOND ISSUE                      7,719           0       7,719
AGAINST THE BOND ISSUE                  3,860           0       3,860

#4 Columbus Bond Public Utilities
0 of 698 Precincts Reporting
0 of 2 Overlap Counties Reporting
Issue                                Absentee  Nov5 Votes       Total
FOR THE BOND ISSUE                      7,596           0       7,596
AGAINST THE BOND ISSUE                  3,979           0       3,979

8:08 p.m. – Update on Columbus City Schools Board of Education -TB

Michael D. Cole                   4,808      
Dominic Paretti                   4,247        
Ramona R. Reyes                   3,647         
Mike Wiles                        3,472      
Beverly J. Corner                 3,401           
Hanifah Kambon                    2,414

Top three candidates are elected.

8:03 p.m. - Update on Columbus City Council race. -TB

Priscilla R. Tyson                6,655      
Eileen Paley                      6,219          
A. Troy Miller                    5,909              
Greg Lawson                       4,116               
Brian Bainbridge                  3,832                
Nick Schneider                    2,390

Top three candidates are elected.

8:00 p.m. - Absentee ballots are counted and recorded. They are available here at The Franklin County Board of Elections.

Issue 50: Columbus City School Levy

Issue 51: Columbus City School auditor levy is failing at a 5:4 margin.

Reynoldsburg income tax increase is passing by less than 10 votes with nearly 500 votes counted. Gahanna income tax increase is passing by a small margin as well.

The Upper Arlington School district levy is passing at a 3:2 margin. -TB

7:30 p.m. - Polls are closed in Columbus. Absentee ballots are expected to be recorded soon. Other votes should follow shortly. Follow @wosunews on twitter for the most up-to-date information. -TB

6:42 p.m. - About 45 minutes left to vote. Expect results to be posted here around 8 p.m. We’ll be looking specifically at Columbus City Schools levy request, Upper Arlington levy request and the Reynoldsburg income tax increase. -TB

4:21 p.m. – Polls are still open for about three more hours. Polling locations are expecting an increase in voters as many voters are getting off work in the next couple of hours. -TB

10:20 a.m. - Franklin County Board of Elections officials report high turnout in downtown Columbus and Upper Arlington, likely due to the Columbus and Upper Arlington school ballot requests respectively. -SB

Polls are open and voters around the state are casting ballots on nearly 200 school issues and tax levy requests.

The Columbus school levy has dominated Central Ohio air waves. The proposed combined levy and bond issue would generate $76 million a year and go toward a variety of school “reforms” including expanding pre-kindergarten to all district children, sharing money with charter schools and recruiting highly-qualified teachers.

The levy would increase school taxes by $315 dollars for each $100,000 in property value. That amounts to a 24 percent increase in what homeowners already pay for schools.

Columbus voters also will whether to okay an independent school district auditor. That issue calls for $1 million a year to pay for the new position and staff to monitor the schools. A panel of city-elected officials would appoint the auditor.

Also at Columbus City Schools, three of its board members face challenges this year.

Voters in Upper Arlington will also decide a school levy, while Reynoldsburg and Gahanna voters cast ballots on income tax proposals.

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