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Strongsville levy fails

STRONGSVILLE — Despite passing in the tiny portion of the Strongsville school district that falls in Columbia Township, a levy that district officials say would have staved off $6 million in cuts this year narrowly failed Tuesday.

According to unofficial election results, the measure failed with 4,675 votes against it, or 50.4 percent of the vote, to 4,602 votes in favor of the levy, or 49.6 percent.

The district already had made about $5 million in cuts before the levy, according to the district. Spokesman Scott Ross said the levy, which would bring in about $10.1 million annually, will go back to the voters again in November.

The district warned before Tuesday’s vote, which passed in Lorain County by a vote of 4-to-2, that class sizes would increase, busing services would be cut and a $60 per-student fee would be instituted. 

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