This election brought the number of counties with local levies to support children services up to 48.
Vinton County passed its very first such measure, while voters in Crawford and Licking counties approved new levies of 1.5 mills and 1 mill respectively. One proposed new levy for children services failed in Jackson County, 54 percent to 46 percent.
Voters in Adams, Butler, Fairfield, Jefferson, Lake, Mahoning, Montgomery, Ross and Wood counties passed renewal or replacement levies.
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“We are so very grateful to Ohio voters who stood up yesterday for the safety, permanency and well-being of abused and neglected children,” said Angela Sausser, executive director of Public Children Services Association of Ohio.
Several lawmakers and state officials called for reform following the newspaper's investigation, with increased funding being a top priority for some.
“At-risk youth should be our highest priority,” said Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine. “I think in this case, clearly part of the solution has to be a significant increase in what the state is (funding).”