Primary Election Day in Ohio, Turnout Expected to be Low

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Polls opened Tuesday morning for the primary election in Ohio.

Voter turnout was expected to be low, as the ballots across the Mahoning Valley were small this spring.

Several local school districts were hoping to pass levies and bond issues.

Boardman School District officials voted to place a 1.6 mil replacement levy on the primary ballot. The money will be used for school safety and security. The levy is expected to generate near $480,000 annually.

Voters did approve an emergency levy for Boardman Schools in November.

Voters in Columbiana County will see a bond issue on the ballot to approve renovations at South Side Middle School.

The 1.23 mil bond will cost an extra $37 a year in taxes for the owner of a $100,000 home. The bond could generate $4 million in revenue.

The district tried unsuccessfully to pass a bond issue during a special election in August. Money will replace a leaky roof at the middle school and then the school board will ask votes are where the rest of the money should be spent.

Voters in Springfield will see a bond issue to build a new elementary school on the ballot again.

The bond issue will cost homeowners an additional $76.56 a year for a $100,000 home.

The issue failed on the ballot in November.

The elementary school was originally built-in 1923 and has been ranked at the 7th worst facility in the state of Ohio.

If the issue is not passed, the district will be left facing costly repairs.

Newton Falls, Brookfield, Champion and Niles school districts are also asking voters for financial support this election.

The will polls close at 7:30 p.m.

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