67 percent of Carlisle, Lebanon voters back school issues

Both school tax issues in Warren County were approved by 67 percent of voters, according to unofficial results Tuesday.

Voters in Carlisle cast ballots in favor of a 6.2-mill bond issue to pay for demolition of the district’s existing schools and construction of a single, new K-12 school building.

“Huge, huge victory. It’s a great day in the history of Carlisle schools,” Superintendent Larry Hook said. “This will transform our school district, our community.”

The vote count was 1,765-868 in Warren and Montgomery counties.

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The state agreed to pay 59 percent of the $49 million project if voters approved the bond for the local share. The 37-year issue will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $217 per year.

The state rates all of Carlisle’s existing school buildings as “borderline,” but Superintendent Larry Hook went through a laundry list of problems, from out-of-warranty roofs, to aging boilers and wiring problems that limit computer usage.

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The new school would be constructed between the existing high school and the stadium.

Lebanon renewal levy

Voters supported a three-year renewal levy for Lebanon City Schools that actually decreased the tax millage.

The count was 1,779-871.

The levy was passed three years ago at 5.38 mills, but the school district put it on the ballot this time at 4.84 mills. Because of an increased tax base in the school district, the levy will still raise $4.2 million per year for the district.

“The passage of this school levy is an incredible testament to what the Lebanon community believes about kids and the importance of education. On behalf of the Board of Education and every student in our district, I want to thank the community for its positive vote,” Superintendent Todd Yohey said in a prepared statement.

“We discussed responsible spending during the campaign and we pledge to continue that in our daily operations. Right now everyone that worked on the campaign can feel good about their efforts and what it means for our kids. Words cannot really define how grateful we are to our community of supporters, but thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

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