April 17, 2024

Primary Results: Otsego Levy Fails

Update 3/20/24 11am: Otsego Levy Fails

The following is an e-mail that was sent out from Otsego Schools on Wednesday morning:

Good Morning Otsego,

Yesterday nearly 3,000 votes were cast on the proposed income tax levy for Otsego Local Schools. Though the margin was very close, the results showed voters did not support the operational levy.

The Board of Education had reduced its request from the November election to a five-year income tax rather than continuing tax, however, this was not enough to gain the support needed to pass. These past two elections have made it clear that the District must find ways to cut its expenditures to balance the budget.

Therefore, the Board of Education at its next meeting on Thursday, March 28th, at 6:00 pm in the HS Library will carefully evaluate the essential needs of the district and the overall essential services provided to our students, parents, and community. We will determine the most effective and responsible steps forward knowing that tough decisions will lie ahead.

To the parents and students attending Otsego. Our board, administrators, and staff remain dedicated to providing you with the best experiences. We understand the financial challenges ahead, and we are committed to exploring every avenue for cost savings while maintaining the high-quality education that is expected of us.

I want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who took the time to participate in the recent election. Your engagement is crucial, and I appreciate your commitment to the future of our school district. As we navigate the next steps, I encourage you to stay informed and engaged. We will keep you updated on developments and decisions through regular communications.

Thank you for your ongoing support, and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Original Report:

Unofficial results for the 2024 Ohio Primaries are coming in. Otsego Schools attempted another levy and as of this post it appears to have failed.

NWO Community Media initially called a win for Otsego, however as Providence Township votes in Lucas County came in votes appeared to swing against Otsego. Henry County voters also appeared to have turned down the levy.

Currently, numbers break down as follows:

  • Wood County: 1272 for the levy, 1190 against
  • Lucas County: 138 for the levy, 221 against
  • Henry County: 35 for the levy, 53 against

This brings the unofficial count to 1445 for the levy and 1464 against (as of this post with all precincts reporting).

The Otsego School District covers Wood County and a very small portion of Lucas County and Henry County.

As of this post, incumbent Ted Bowlus is leading Cory Kuhlman for the Wood County Commissioner Republican nomination. Connor Rose and incumbent James Matuszak are neck and neck for the Wood County Recorder nomination.

You can follow the Wood County results here.

For State, Federal, and results in areas outside of Wood County, click here to be taken to WTOL’s election page.

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