A potential recount for the levy could be ordered if the vote margin is less than half of 1 percent of the total votes cast, as dictated by state law. Considering the total vote count as of Wednesday in Butler County was only 33,229, a margin of less than 166 votes would trigger a recount for the levy.
Any recounts will not be ordered until after the official vote tally is complete, according to elections officials.
The levy will draw revenue from residents in Middletown, Monroe, Trenton and Seven Mile; and Lemon, Liberty, Madison, Wayne and West Chester townships for the library system’s three branches in Middletown, Trenton and West Chester Twp.
Library Director Doug Bean said the library will restore services but that until the vote count is finalized, “we’re on hold for the time being.”
“We appreciate everyone’s support; however, there are those outstanding absenteee and provisonal ballots that still need to be counted,” he said.
Calls to the Warren County Board of Elections for provisional ballot figures were not returned.
The five-year levy is predicted to generate approximately $3.23 million annually, costing the owner of a $100,000 home approximately $23 every year.
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