ELYRIA — Voters Tuesday expressed their support for the Elyria Schools by passing Issue 6, the district’s 4.95-mill operating levy renewal.
“63 percent, we win!” Elyria Superintendent Tom Jama shouted to supporters of the school levy who gathered Tuesday night at Smitty’s Place on East Bridge Street, once 100 percent of the results were counted.
The final tally was 9,495 votes for and 5,472 against, according to unofficial results from the Lorain County Board of Elections.
With not even 50 percent of precincts reporting earlier in the evening, the levy already was winning by more than 2,000 votes. The five-year, $3.6 million issue has been renewed every five years for the past 20 years.
“Folks, this was a team effort, absolutely, as a district and a Pioneer family,” Jama told levy supporters, many wearing Elyria Pioneer gear.
“And we got it done, we got it done for the kids of Elyria!” he added, to applause. “We got the momentum. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
The levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $129 per year. The funds will be used to pay for salaries and benefits for school employees, buses, books, utility bills and other operating expenses.
The district has said the next five years will be much easier financially now that the levy has passed.
Jama said it’s an exciting time for the school district, with enrollment up, and five new schools for students in grades K through 8 in the process of being built. He said he was excited the community believed in the schools
“It’s a strong truth that the community trusts us with what we do for the students every single day. I couldn’t be more proud of our community, volunteers and staff,” Jama said. “We will continue to do all the great things we are doing.”
“The city is moving forward, the district is moving forward, and the community trusts us and believes in us,” he added.