Voters reject Mathews Schools’ fifth attempt at new building

Lisbon's levy also failed, but Hubbard Schools will be seeing new money

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LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) – Two school districts in Trumbull County and one in Columbiana County asked voters for more money on Tuesday. While one district is celebrating a victory, two others aren’t so lucky.

Mathews Local Schools’ fifth attempt at replacing its 100-year-old building failed yet again — 57 percent voted “no” and only 43 percent voted “yes.”

The district was hoping to bring in more than $23 million over the next 37 years in order to build a new K-12 school to replace Mathews’ two elementary schools and one high school. Superintendent Lew Lowry said all three are falling apart.

The levy was an increase from the 7.85 mil levy on the ballot in November. Then, it lost by 135 votes.

Lowrey said changing interest rates were the cause for the increased millage.

The Hubbard School District went with a different approach to school funding Tuesday, asking voters to approve a shorter and less taxing measure than the much higher 7.1 mil levy that was rejected in November — and it worked.

The levy passed with 54 percent of voters for it and 46 percent against it.

The 4.8 mil tax levy will run for five years and generate $986,000 a year. The money will be used to replace about $1.4 million in funding that was cut by the state.

Hubbard Superintendent Ray Solomon said for homeowners with a $100,000 property, the levy will cost about $168 a year.

This is the first levy Hubbard has asked for since 2001.

Voters rejected Lisbon Schools’ request for a 1 percent income tax, which would have been limited to ten years.

The “no” votes tallied in at 63 percent, while 37 percent voted “yes.”

The tax would have been on earned income only, meaning those on Social Security or retirement wouldn’t have been taxed.

The superintendent said it would’ve generated around three-quarters of a million dollars a year.

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