A 5-year, 9.04-mill Emergency Levy for the Avon Lake school district failed Nov. 6, losing 6519 to 5815.
“It was a good race,” Avon Lake Superintendent of Schools Bob Scott said. “We knew it was a large number and we tried to get our story out as much as we could.
“Well go back to the drawing board tomorrow.”
Scott said the district will begin making decisions on when to come back to the voters.
“The deficit is not going away,” Scott said.
The district has another, separate levy coming up in May 2013.
Next for the district is determining where cuts will need to be made.
“We’re going know fairly quickly what the dollar amount is we have to cut,” Scott said. “It will be personnel. That’s what we have to work on, that’s a process.
“The disappointment is that we’re an outstanding school and I think that could be in jeopardy now.”
Had the levy passed, it would have cost property owners $277 more per $100,000 home valuation.
Levy supporters created a Facebook page, held informational meetings and a website to disseminate information.
*All results are unofficial until certified by the Lorain County Board of Elections.