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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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