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More Than $3 Million Spent In Failed Levy Campaign
Figures from the Franklin County Board of Elections show supporters for the Columbus Schools levy campaign spent $3 million in their failed effort. Voters turned down the levy by a more than 2 to 1 margin. Jonathan Beard worked to defeat the campaign. His No Cheaters, No Charters group and others opposed raised about $6,000. Beard says it did not surprise him that the levy did not pass.
â€œThe landslide loss was because it was an initiative that everyone could find something to hate in it. There was a charter school issue. There was a school fraud issue and there was a property tax issue. And there was just so much there,” says Beard.
The Reimagine Columbus campaign is considered to be one of the most expensive school-levy campaigns ever in Ohio.