Tecumseh rejects 9th straight levy

Tecumseh Local Schools lost its ninth straight request for new operating money when voters narrowly rejected a ballot issue Tuesday.

The 12.37-mill levy would have raised $3.5 million per year for the district.

The school board already approved placing the same levy on the August ballot.

“We’re very disappointed, but we knew we had to put it back on in August,” said Tecumseh superintendent Brad Martin. “Our district wants local control. We don’t want to lose programs.”

Without the levy, the school district faces a $1.6 million deficit for the 2013-2014 school year and a possible state takeover. They’ve made about $7 million in budget cuts since 2004.

Since 2004, voters have defeated eight different levies asking for new money in the district.

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