Buckeye Local voters defeat emergency levy

RAYLAND – A 2.1-mill, five-year emergency levy proposed by the Buckeye Local School District on Tuesday’s ballot was defeated by district voters.

According to unofficial numbers from the Jefferson County Board of Elections, 1,376 voters, or 65.52 percent, voted against the levy proposal, while 724 voters, or 34.48 percent, voted for the proposal.

The levy proposal, if passed, would have generated $630,000 annually for the three elementary buildings and high school. The funds would have been used for safety upgrades at the district, according to Mark Miller, district superintendent.

“I’m very disappointed at the outcome,” said Miller, adding he hoped safety upgrades would be made in the district. “A lot of people worked very hard to get this passed.

“But the people have spoken,” continued Miller. “The changes we wanted to make just aren’t going to happen. But Buckeye Local School District will remain a strong academic district and will continue on. But the security measures – we don’t have the funding.”