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Cleveland Heights-University Heights school levy unofficially passing by ‘razor-thin’ margin

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio — By an unofficial but current margin of 65 votes in favor of a new 4.8-mill operating levy, Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District officials remained “cautiously optimistic” Wednesday morning (Nov. 4) about the outcome of Issue 69.

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As it stands unofficially, there were 14,598 votes (50.1 percent) cast in favor of the levy, compared to 14,533 (49.9 percent) against, with 1,154 unreturned mail-in ballots as of Nov. 4.

“This razor-thin margin is a testament to the fact that every vote is important,” Superintendent Liz Kirby said in a statement issued Wednesday morning.

Voter turnout more than doubled since the pandemic-infected spring primary, when less than 13,000 total votes were cast on a proposed 7.9-mill levy, which lost by about 600 votes.

This time around, there were over 29,100 votes tallied, with Cuyahoga County Board of Elections officials noting early that there were still 1,154

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How Cleveland Heights, University Heights Voted On School Levy

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH — On Nov. 3, voters in Cleveland Heights, University Heights and part of South Euclid were asked to consider a 4.8 mill levy for the Heights Schools.

Approximately 29,000 votes were cast on the levy issue between Oct. 6 and Nov. 3. Based on unofficial election results, the levy is passing by 65 votes. Officials will need to certify the results before a recount is triggered, but we do have some idea of how individual precincts within the school district voted.

The Heights Schools are home to 4,888 students from three cities: Cleveland Heights, University Heights and South Euclid. The vast majority of the district’s students call Cleveland Heights home. Here’s where the district’s students come from:

  • Cleveland Heights: 3904
  • University Heights: 673
  • South Euclid: 168
  • Other: 137

Here’s how voters in the three cities cast their ballots on the levy, according to the unofficial election results:

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Puyallup’s Education Levy Seeks $37 Million For School District

PUYALLUP, WA — Puyallup voters will see an education levy on their ballots this year, as the school district aims to offset a significant budget deficit. According to the Puyallup School District, without an approved levy, it faces a shortfall of nearly $40 million over the next three years, despite “significant administration and department reductions” already in place.

The Educational Programs and Operations Supplemental Levy would generate up to $37 million by a small increase to property taxes collected in 2021 and 2022. The new tax rate, per $1,000 in assessed value, would be $4.32 — a net increase of 49 cents, according to the district. The change to the tax bill for a home valued at $400,000 would be an extra $16 per month.

(Puyallup School District)
(Puyallup School District)

Officials said the existing deficit, estimated at $20 million for the current school year, is the result of several factors:

• Puyallup

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