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With a margin of fewer than 1,000 votes, the county health levy fails

Published: November 7, 2012 12:59 AM

Issue 43, a 0.4-mill, five-year replacement levy for the Portage County General Health District, was narrowly defeated Nov. 6 by 746 votes.

The final vote was 28,203 to 27,457, according to complete but unofficial results from the Portage County Board of Elections.
With 2,341 provisional ballots still to be counted after they are verified, it is uncertain what effect those votes will have on the outcome. The elections board is to certify the final election results on Nov. 27.

It was the closest the health district has come to passing anything other than a straight renewal in years.

The replacement levy would have expanded the district’s services and allowed new services.

The current levy, first approved in 1955, raises $210,000 a year.

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Replacement of the 57-year-old levy would have brought the existing 0.4-mill levy up to current property values and added $1.1 million dollars to the department’s $2 million annual budget.

The district covers all of the county except for Kent and Ravenna, which have their own departments.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1125 or msever@recordpub.com

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